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The University Veterinarian provides a vareiety of both basic and specialty training. 

IACUC Training (mandatory)

You must successfully complete the following IACUC training before contacting the University Veterinarian for animal training.

  • Core and Refresher IACUC training
  • Virginia Tech-specific IACUC training
  • Virginia Tech Occupational Health and Safety training
  • Environmental Health and Safety Survey

Training provided by the University Veterinarian and Animal Resources

Click on a training topic below to learn more.

Basic Training

Rodent handling/restraint

Isoflurane anesthesia

Euthanasia techniques

  • CO2
  • Cervical dislocation under CO2 or anesthesia

Oral gavage

Blood collection techniques

  • Mandibular vein
  • Lateral saphenous
  • Cardiac puncture


  • Subcutaneous
  • Intramuscular
  • Intraperitoneal
  • Intradermal
  • Tail vein

Other techniques may be added (please ask).

Specialty Training

The University Veterinarian offers specialty training in

  • Surgical and aseptic techniques
  • Rodent breeding

Training Contacts

Please contact trainers at least 10 days prior to the requested training date.

Integrated Life Sciences Building and LS1

Pam Suroski
Laboratory Animal Lead Technician

Frailn Biomedical Research Institute

Jenny Raines
Laboratory Animal Manager

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Betsy Midkiff
TRACSS Licensed Vet Tech