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Training, Competency Assessment and Best Practice in Aseptic Technique

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  • Head of Veterinary Services and CBS Training Unit, Imperial College London
      Angela Kerton graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1995, being awarded the Waltham medal for the best final year elective project involving a laboratory animal science study investigating the effects of hormonal changes associated with post natal depression on neuromuscular development in neonates. She worked for the small animal charity the PDSA in the east end of London as a general small animal practitioner for 6 years prior to joining Imperial College London as Named Veterinary Surgeon in 2001. She currently leads a team of veterinary surgeons to share best practice and particularly the promotion of the 3Rs. As head of training, she is responsible for monitoring and developing training programmes at Imperial College. This involves the direction and participation in mandatory UK Home Office Module courses 1 - 5 (attended by 210+ candidates per annum), which is accredited by the Society of Biology. She was instrumental in the design and delivery of animal husbandry, anaesthesia and telemetry training modules for The Centre for Integrative Mammalian Physiology and Pharmacology (CIMPP). The CIMPP was a flagship centre, which successfully trained a new generation of in vivo scientists. She particularly enjoys the creative aspect of teaching; sourcing new materials, devising interactive programmes and developing new methods of making learning interesting, and keeping learners engaged. She is a section convenor for the Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) Care and Welfare Section and also the Education, Training and Ethics Section. Amongst her publications is the LASA 2010 Guiding Principles for Preparing for and Undertaking Aseptic Surgery. A report by the LASA Education, Training and Ethics section. http://www.lasa.co.uk/PDF/LASA_Guiding_Principles_Aseptic_Surgery_2010.2.pdf


    Adherence to strict aseptic technique is vital to all types of animal models requiring surgical intervention from both scientific and welfare perspectives. Training of both new and experienced researchers can present a variety of challenges depending on their own perceptions of aseptic surgery and the facilities and equipment available within budget constraints. This lecture will present an overview of the development of an ongoing training programme for aseptic technique in rodent surgical models within a large academic institution in the UK operating under Animal Scientific Procedures Act (1986) amendment regulations. At the end of the presentation candidates will: • Have an awareness of the types of surgical training programmes available • List consumables which should be available within aseptic procedural rooms • Create posters to act as aide memoires for researchers to assist with maintenance of asepsis. • Be able to develop a Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS) assessment sheet for assessing competence in aseptic surgery.

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