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Laboratory Animal Certifications/ Career Development

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)

AALAS' Certification and Registry Board (CRB) certifies three levels of technician competence that are well konwn and widely used throughout the varied fields of laboratory animal care. Learn more about AALAS Certifications and view the Technician Certification Handbook provided by AALAS.

Academy of Surgical Research

The Academy of Surgical Research promotes the advancement of professional and academic standards, education and research in the arts and sciences of experimental surgery and offers the below Surgical Research Certifications.

  • Surgical Research Anesthetist (SRA) - The SRA certification is intended for the technician who works as an anesthetist who also has responsibilities as part of the surgical team that include aseptic preparation and peri-operative care of surgical patients. The SRA candidate must have documented experience with at least two species as reflected in an anesthetic case log.
  • Surgical Research Technician (SRT) - The SRT certification is intended for technicians who perform minor surgical procedures, such as peripheral vessel cannulation, indwelling pump implantation, subcutaneous implantation, etc. A minimum of two different procedures need to be documented in a surgical case log.
  • Surgical Research Specialist (SRS) - The SRS certification is intended for the surgeon who performs major surgical procedures, such as those which penetrate a body cavity, or orthopedic manipulations, vessel and/or nerve anastomosis, etc. A minimum of two different major procedures in two species need to be documented in a surgical case log. If the majority of work is performed in rodents, then 4 different procedures need to be performed.

Basic Microsurgery Course

 Training in Microsurgery is directed to surgeons in the following specialties: general surgery, neurosurgery, urology, gynecology, otolaryngology, as well as plastic, orthopedic and hand surgery. The course focuses on nerve repair and tissue transplantation for trainees in those specialties and researchers who seek training in practical microsurgery at the basic level.  Click here to learn more.