Welcome to Charles River Campus

The Charles River Campus initiative has been conceived to deliver quality training and education programs for scientists, veterinarians, laboratory animal technologists and support staff in a cost-effective and user-friendly fashion.

You can select courses available directly in the Learning Catalog, or contact our expert trainers in order to design a program to fulfill your exact training needs.

Recognition of Pain, Suffering and Distress

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Pain, suffering or discomfort in laboratory animals cannot be minimized unless it is effectively recognized and properly assessed in the first instance. This course compiles current knowledge on how to recognize and assess distress and pain in most common laboratory animal species.

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Manual Restraint and Common Compound Administration Routes in Mice and Rats

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Working safely and humanely with research rodents requires a core competency in handling and restraint methods. This course will present the basic principles required to safely handle and effectively administer compounds to mice and rats.

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Campus eLearning from Charles River

Introduction

The Charles River Campus eLearning system provides comprehensive training covering required learning areas for those wishing to apply for a personal licence in the United Kingdom, meeting both the requirements of the EU Directive and the UK Home Office.

Due to the ongoing changes in both EU and UK legislation, from time to time amendments will be made to the course material to ensure these legislative changes are incorporated.

Expected learning outcomes are well documented within the eLearning platform and are assessed throughout the course modules. Within these modules there are extensive resource references, and it is recommended that these resources be reviewed by students.

Participation and completion of the course will provide a solid level of understanding and competence, and will be acceptable for the purpose of license applications to the UK Home Office.

The training outcome of this course is someone who is legally competent to apply for a personal licence, but will only become technically competent with further experience, supervision and training.

Requirements

Each applicant is required to provide accurate details of employment and/or enrolment in an academic institution in the form of a copy of photographic ID; e.g,. passport or driver's license.

In addition, we will require an employer or institution email address (hotmail, gmail, etc. will not be acceptable), contact telephone number and the name of the institution's Named training and competency officer (NTCO). Applications will need to be countersigned by NTCOs, stating that they will be overseeing the course work. All personal details will be kept confidential and secure, and will not be released to any third party.

Course Detail

The online portion of the modules A, B and C can be completed at the candidate's own pace and is expected to take around 20 hours to complete. The candidate will be tested throughout in order to ensure (s)he maintains a firm understanding of the course material.

In addition to the online learning component, there will be a skills practical day session arranged with your establishment NTCO, this will either be held at your establishment or you will attend a timetabled event at a convenient location. Your NTCO should be consulted to schedule this upon completion of the online learning component. This skills session will include animal handling, and an assessment (both multiple-choice and short written questions) and an oral test covering key aspects of the course.

The pass mark will be set at 70% for both the practical and online sessions.

Monitoring Progress

It is commonly felt that successful eLearning requires both monitoring and mentoring from an experienced supervisor/mentor. To aid the mentor in observing a students' progress, NTCOs/supervisors are given the opportunity to remotely monitor time spent in the modules, as well as results and achievements. Reports pertaining to these results can be exported to a Microsoft® Excel file and kept as individual training records.

Feedback

At the end of each module there is a request for feedback regarding the candidate's experience. Participants should be encouraged to provide feedback on their experience in order that any necessary changes be made to aid comprehension and improve the user experience.

When you have successfully completed your Campus training you are entitled to apply for the relevant Home Office Licence. You will only be regarded as competent when you have accumulated further experience under supervision. Your NTCO will advise you on these matters.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Charles River Campus provides a strong platform from which to develop further learning and continued professional development, with specialized courses that allow individuals to achieve an even higher level of competence. To find out more, and to register, please see the "à la carte" section of our catalog.

Classroom-Only Training

For those students who prefer to complete the entire module PIL A-B course in a classroom setting over a period of three days, we offer our standard courses on a monthly basis in London, the Midlands and Scotland. Further information and registration details can be found on our website at www.criver.com/uktraining.

Additional program options include NACWO courses, Module 5, and specific CPD courses, including Schedule 1 and Biomethodology.