Training and Resources

Animals in Research

A PDF of the Animal Training Requirements can be found here.

Short Course on Animal Care

Successful completion of the University of Toronto animal care course is mandatory for all animal users (i.e. principal investigators, graduate students, research assistants/technicians, post-doctoral fellows and animal care personnel) prior to handling live animals for teaching or research purposes. All animal users must also be listed on an approved animal use protocol (more information about protocol submission can be found here).

The animal care course includes a lecture component that teaches ethics and regulations. In addition to the lecture component, there are species-specific lecture/wet-lab modules covering the species to be handled (e.g. mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs). Animal users must successfully complete all modules relevant to their tasks and animal species used. Specific training for one species (e.g. mice) is not transferable to work with other species (e.g. rats). Animal care courses are non-credit.

Additional mandatory training is required to be able to perform chronic surgical procedures, anesthesia (either chronic or acute, using inhalant or injectable agents), and for working with chemical, radiation or biological agents.* Training in any specialized procedure not covered by a training module may be arranged on an individual basis.

UTM and UTSC offer the ethics and regulations lecture on-site, all other users at the St. George campus attend the DCM lecture. Species-specific handling modules are available at DCM, UTM and UTSC, all other sites must attend DCM training.

The contacts for course enrolment are:

Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM): Diana Hiesl

Biosciences Support Facility/Centre for Biological Timing and Cognition: Diana Hiesl

University of Toronto Mississauga: Diana Hiesl

University of Toronto Scarborough: Michelle Wodzak

*Note: Anesthesia and surgical training modules are currently only offered at the Division of Comparative Medicine. Please contact Diana Hiesl to enrol.

All users must also complete Environmental Health and Safety’s biosafety course, as well as the chemical safety course and/or radiation protection course if it pertains to their work. Individual training on the use of certain biological/chemical/radiation agents used in animals and how to handle the animals, cages and waste etc. must be obtained from the particular facility prior to starting work with these agents – contact the facility manager to arrange this training.

Researchers (including PI’s, staff and students) using fish must complete the online course “The Experimental Fish” offered by the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) (

For species where there is no current in-house training module (e.g. exotic species or wildlife), Principal Investigators are responsible for ensuring that their lab members receive appropriate species-specific and procedural training, provided by a competent/experienced individual before work may begin. The training must be documented using the Attestation of Specialty Training form (and a copy submitted to the relevant facility manager (if animals housed on-campus) or to the Research Oversight and Compliance Office ( so that this training can be reflected in the training database.

Humans in Research


One of the mandates of the Office of Research Ethics is to educate the research community on research ethics and ethics review. The following training is currently available:

Online Training

All online training has sound; please ensure your computer speakers are turned on.  If you experience problems viewing the videos in Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox, please view the videos using Google Chrome. (Download Google Chrome)

Tips for Writing a Human Ethics Application
(Approx. 5 min. long)
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Risk assessment: Risk matrix of group vulnerability and research risk (scroll down to ‘Full Board and Delegated Review’ section)

U of T Data Security Standards

   –Guide for Informed Consent Documents

Post Approval Review Program: Human Research
(Approx. 4 min. long)
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Data Protection
(Approx. 19 min. long)
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capturePasswords and Encryption
(Approx. 21 min. long)
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In-Person Training

Research Ethics 101 Lecture: One to three-hour program available to all interested departments, upon request

Research Ethics Seminar: The ORE is pleased to lead guest sessions in graduate seminars across the university. Please contact Dean Sharpe (Social Sciences and Humanities) or Daniel Gyewu (Health Sciences) if you would like to arrange a session.

Undergraduate Research Ethics Workshop: A workshop geared towards course instructors, faculty and undergraduate students who may be conducting research involving humans is held each fall. Please check back for more details.

Faculty/Graduate Research Ethics Workshop: Conducted twice per year, separated by discipline. To gauge the number of registrants, please register ahead of time for the Health Sciences and/or the Social Sciences and Humanities workshops.

Research Ethics in the Health Sciences
Schedule – FALL 2016
Date Time
Health Sciences Tuesday, November 22 2 pm – 4 pm
Health Sciences Wednesday, November 23 10 am – 12 pm
Health Sciences Thursday, November 24 2 pm – 4 pm
Schedule – WINTER 2017
Date Time
Health Sciences Tuesday, February 14 10 am – 12 pm
Health Sciences Wednesday, February 15 2 pm – 4 pm
Health Sciences Thursday, February 16 10 am – 12 pm

Please register for research ethics in health sciences here. These health sciences workshops cover the same topics but are offered at different times.

Research Ethics in the Social Sciences and Humanities
Schedule – FALL 2016
Date Time
Social Sciences & Humanities Tuesday, November 22 10 am – 12 pm
Social Sciences & Humanities Wednesday, November 23 2 pm – 4 pm
Education Thursday, November 24 10 am – 12 pm
Schedule – WINTER 2017
Date Time
Social Sciences & Humanities Tuesday, February 14 2 pm – 4 pm
Social Sciences & Humanities Wednesday, February 15 10 am – 12 pm
Education Thursday, February 16 2 pm – 4 pm

Please register for Research ethics in social sciences and humanities here.

Please register for Research ethics in education here.

Location: All workshops will be in the McMurrich Building, Rm. 107 (12 Queen’s Park Crescent W.)

Workshops will include a presentation with opportunity for questions and discussion, covering:

Previous Workshop Slides

For further information, please contact Dean Sharpe or Daniel Gyewu.


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