This course provides the participant with the knowledge and skills to anaesthetise rats or mice with isoflurane in a research environment. Isoflurane anaesthesia has significant advantages over injectable anaesthesia including greater control over anaesthetic depth, a better safety profile and more rapid recovery. However, isoflurane anaesthesia requires specialized equipment and the knowledge to use this equipment safely and effectively, which is the focus of this course.
Successful completion of this course will enable you to meet your obligations under 3.3.12 of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, namely:
When general anaesthesia is used, procedures must conform with current veterinary or medical practice and ensure that:
(i) induction is smooth, with minimum distress to the animal
(ii) the animal and the effectiveness of the anaesthetic are monitored to maintain an adequate plane of anaesthesia, minimise physiological disturbances, and monitor and manage potential complications (e.g. hypothermia, and cardiovascular and respiratory depression)
(iii) when an animal is to recover from an anaesthetic, the animal is monitored and cared for to avoid and manage complications during the post-anaesthetic period (e.g. airway obstruction, hypothermia, cardiovascular and respiratory compromise, injury from uncoordinated movements or other animals)
(iv) records are maintained of the use of anaesthetics and other drugs, monitoring of the animal, and the management of complications.
The entire Isoflurane Anaesthesia course is divided into an initial online component followed by an all-day workshop. The online component, presented here, consists of written material followed by an online quiz and can be taken as a standalone course at a cost of AUD 200. This online course should take 2-3 hours to complete. The online course fee gives 4 weeks access, course notes, sample Standard Operating Procedures for performing isoflurane anaesthesia in a research setting and a Certificate of Completion.
Practical workshops are available to complement the online material, to ensure participants have the necessary skills and competency to perform anaesthesia in a research setting. These workshops take place at the Institution using the available anaesthetic equipment to ensure relevance to that workplace. Workshops are currently available to Institutions situated in Melbourne, although please enquire regarding their availability in other cities within Australia. Further details are available at cruciate.com.au. If workshops are booked, the cost of the online course is offset against the cost of the workshops. The all-day workshop consists of two 3 hour sessions with a lunch break. To complete the course and receive a Certificate of Completion, the participant will need to successfully anaesthetise a mouse and complete an anaesthetic record in the afternoon workshop.