ComPass - ANZCCART Competency Passport

Welcome to ComPass

This free online course covers the Australian Code and NZ Guide and welfare issues relating to animal use in research and teaching.  Successful completion of Phase one of the course and its quiz fulfills the mandated basic training needs of researchers and teachers using animals as well as members of Animal Ethics Committees (AEC) in Australia and NZ (except AEC members in Victoria who are required to complete the Animal Welfare Victoria training).

The aim is to standardize and augment the training offered for animal users in research and teaching throughout Australasia by offering this free online interactive and resource-rich course to all who need this training.

Thank you for using ComPass.

The Core modules are undergoing review and modification to include more New Zealand content, update and add new links.  Here’s hoping that the New Zealand users are better served by these changes. Hearty thanks go to Dr Jodi Salinsky, AWO, University of Auckland, for her help in these NZ-focused upgrades as well as the reviewers sought by the Royal Society – Te Aparangi for their help directing these upgrades. These are under review by the NZ National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC). The updates will be loaded as soon as the review is complete.

ANZCCART would like to thank the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) for a small grant assisting in the development of this work.

    • Phase 1: Core Mandated Training for AEC Members and Animal Users

      Phase I consists of 7 core modules which cover the legislation, what an AEC is, writing a good application to the AEC, research project planning, the 3Rs, assessing and monitoring well being, adverse events management and euthanasia considerations. Please read the course instructions below prior to enrolling.  Upon completion of Phase 1 could you please complete the ANZCCART ComPass Survey for us to be able to better meet your animal welfare needs and potentially reach a wider audience. Thank you.

      Course instructions

      • The course link will take you to a landing page, with a fox on it.
      • Click on Enrol to initiate your registration.  Fill in the registration details 
      • An email will be sent quickly to you with access to the course that is hosted by University of Adelaide on its Canvas Catalog learning management system.
      • You will see your name in the top right corner. Click on your name and select Canvas – this will take you to the Canvas Catalog course front page. 
      • Open the Course (click on the text below the fox image) in the Canvas system and you will find the list of Core modules.
      • Each module has to be opened and completed before you can progress to the next module and ultimately to the quiz.
      • The modules also contain a case study and practice questions to prepare for the final quiz.
      • At the end of each module, you will need to press exit (Button in the top right corner of the page).
      • Close the window and then click on the next module.
      • Repeat until you finish the 7 content modules and the quiz.
      • After successfully completing the quiz with a pass mark of 80%, you will automatically generate a certificate proving that you have completed the course for your AEC. 
      • Completion of the course should take about three-four hours.
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    • Phase 2: Competency Training and Knowledge Base

    • Phase 3: ComPass Technical Skills Training Guides and Resources

      Phase 3 includes two modules designed to help with the technical skills training and competency assessment of those using animals for research. The modules include examples of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), suggestions for skills training stations for use in a technical skills training laboratory as well as checklists to act as guides for assessment of the competency of trainees. These materials are designed as guidelines and resources for trainers as well as trainees to give them an idea of the expectations of what competency in these various skills looks like.

      In keeping with the 3Rs, the development of some basic skills stations to help with technical skills training is encouraged. Ideas for models and the stations themselves are included in these modules. The actual stations used at the University of Adelaide for training are shared in the narrated talk in this section as well as how these materials are used in the stepwise training and assessment of technical skills. 

      The first module entitled “Training Materials for Minimally Invasive Procedures in Research Animals” includes the resources that may help with handling, the various injection methods and oral medication administration in rodents as well as some ideas for training in the handling of larger animals.

      The second module is entitled “Training Materials - Performing Aseptic Technique, Surgical Skills, Suturing and Euthanasia Methods”. There are lots of models included for surgery preparation and performance, to upskill those without a medical or veterinary background, as well as some dexterity training tools. Again, there are SOPs and assessment templates here as examples.

      Please use these materials “as is”, or for ideas with your own modifications or in whatever way your institution sees fit. They are made freely available to use in the hope of encouraging more consistent competency training and assessment and the reduction of animals used in training. 

      Below is a narrated PowerPoint illustrating how the Stations of the Skills Lab at the University of Adelaide are constructed and used.  Please feel free to use these "as is" or in a modified form.

        Phase 3 Modules:

        Please complete the ANZCCART ComPass Survey to enable us to better meet your animal welfare needs and potentially reach a wider audience. Thank you.

      • Phase 4: University Veterinarian Resources

        Phase 4 is a collection of resources for users to read and does not have a certificate associated.

        Please complete the ANZCCART ComPass Survey to enable us to better meet your animal welfare needs and potentially reach a wider audience. Thank you.

      • Wildlife - Training Materials

        Training Materials for Wildlife 1- Researchers' and AEC Members Guide to Improved Welfare

        This first of two Wildlife module aims to provide materials to guide researchers and their teams in their interactions with native wild species - from capture methods, sampling and anaesthesia techniques to considerations of how best to release animals back into their normal habitat. We hope it also proves helpful to AEC members to gain a greater understanding of the methods and issues arising in wildlife research protocols coming for their consideration. Each section will be dedicated to a species, or a group of species, that have similar welfare considerations.

        The module covers bats, koalas, dingoes, wombats, pinnipeds, bandicoots, bilbies, possums, marsupial carnivores (i.e. the dasyurids), as well as monotremes and macropods. The other groups such as cetaceans, reptiles, birds, fishes, cephalopods, sharks and rays will be covered in the second wildlife module.  

        We hope that this material will provide useful training for new researchers as well as some ideas for those more experienced researchers. This module does not consider introduced species as there are excellent pest species sites, such as PestSmart, that are readily available for guidance. 

        Each species section covers a brief introduction to that group, capture considerations, handling and specimen collection, and sedation and anaesthesia methods. Discussion of release methods, common infectious diseases and potential zoonoses are also included. This material is designed as a resource and as such does not have an assessment component. So competency in these methods and how this will be assessed needs to be considered by the researchers, their trainees and their AECs. 

        Training Materials for Wildlife 2
        This second module is aimed more, but definitely not exclusively, at NZ users covering not so many marsupials (as in Wildlife 1) but birds, bats, pinnipeds and cetaceans, cephalopods, crustaceans, fish, sharks, rays and reptiles.

      We hope that ComPass proves to be a really useful addition for your training needs for both animal users and AEC members.

      If you have technical issues please see our FAQs.  If these do not help, please email us and we will respond as soon as possible.

      Alastair Sloan and the ANZCCART Board, Gail Anderson, Chris Wadey and the ComPass team

      ComPass Survey

      The ANZCCART Board invites you to take part in a survey about ComPass use and how it meets your needs as an animal user or AEC member.

      The survey is seeking input from ComPass users across Australia and NZ to find out about their use of ComPass and how it has met their various needs and whether there may be other topics added.

      You can also win a great prize by sharing your opinion with us!  Simply complete this survey and you’ll be in the running to win a $A200 Visa voucher.

      What will I be asked to do?

      Completing the survey should take less than 5 minutes. There are 8 questions about ComPass use. Your participation is completely voluntary and you are free to withdraw by stopping at any time. If you decide to withdraw from the survey, any responses you have provided up to that point will be deleted. 

      How will the results of the study be used?

      All information collected through the survey will be anonymous and used by ANZCCART for their own information purposes only. No personal information will be collected and all responses will be pooled without individual indentifiers. Data will only be reported in an aggregate form.

      Please email ANZCCART if you have any questions about this project or call 08 8313 7585.

      Thank you for your time and we hope that we can continue to provide this resource ongoing.

      If you consent to take part in this survey, please continue

      ANZCCART ComPass Survey

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