Animal Training


Please go to the training website to access information about the courses we offer and how to register for them.


Animal Orders during the winter break

Dec 4/21

Please find below the schedule for animal ordering during the winter break:


  • The deadline for the last day to place orders in December 2021: Wednesday December 15th at 4pm
  • The last animal deliveries will be received on December 21st/22nd


  • The deadline for the first day to place orders in January 2021:Wednesday January 5th at 4pm
  • The first animal deliveries will be received on January 11th/12th



Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


New form and email for animal orders

Nov 5/21

This is a new Animal Order Form 2021 that is to be used going forward.  Please share this with everyone in your lab and ensure they delete any previous versions of this form to avoid having to fill forms more than once. 

Please ensure that all animal orders now get sent to this email address – – to guarantee your order is seen and placed.

New Anesthesia/surgery and Buprenorphine-SR forms

Sept 2/21

AREB sent out a memo on August 31st in regards to anesthesia/surgery monitoring and analgesia. Please find the associated documents under "Forms, Applications, Permits" on the top menu.


New Surgery Hood

August 4/21

A New Surgery Laminar Flow hood will be available in the CLEAN surgery suite for booking and use after August 9, 2021.


Sodium Pentobarbital Shortage

Information below was taken from an email sent out to the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT) on behalf of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). 

Guidance for Veterinarians on Euthanasia Methods that
Do Not Include Pentobarbital Sodium
Due to a global shortage of pentobarbital sodium, the active ingredient used in most euthanasia products for animals, the existing Canadian supply may be impacted by the end of 2021 through mid-2022. Health Canada’s Veterinary Drugs Directorate (VDD), the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI), and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) are working together with manufacturers, importers, and distributors to help minimize the impact of the shortage and provide information and updates to stakeholders.
The CVMA, through an advisory committee, has developed a guidance document, Guidance for Veterinarians on Euthanasia Methods that Do Not Include Pentobarbital Sodium, on products, methods, and protocols that can be used by veterinarians as alternatives to those that utilize pentobarbital sodium for euthanasia of animals.
Read the English version of the guidelines here.
Read the French version of the guidelines here.
The CVMA will endeavor to keep Canadian veterinarians apprised of any changes to the situation, including updates to the Guidance Document.
Please direct any questions regarding this document to The CVMA will coordinate written (email) responses from members of the advisory group who authored the Guidance Document.
Dr. Enid Stiles
CVMA President

McMaster CAF Correspondence Box

The Correspondence Box located outside of the Main Entrance to the CAF is not to be used moving forward.  Please come into the facility to drop off forms, or submit them electronically.  If you are unsure of where to email your forms, please send them to the Main Office email

McMaster Animal Facilities Training

Training is continuing, with reduced class sizes due to COVID restrictions.  Contact the training co-ordinator if you have any questions.


Return to Research: Phase 2

Please fill out the RTR Phase 2 FORM, which includes a section to select training for new/existing lab members, and send it to once it has been completed. 

Please note that training will not be available to those who have not been listed on the approved RTR Phase 2 form. 

McMaster University's Announcement on Re-Opening of Research: Phase 1

McMaster University posted information regarding on-campus and fieldwork research on Friday, May 22nd. 

The Animal Facility Research Phase 1 form is to be filled out and submitted once approval to begin research has been received by the ADR.  Please fill out the form and send it to

Rooms will have signs showing the maximum number of people (including Animal Facility Staff) allowed in the room at any time. All animal housing rooms and all Biological Safety Cabinets must be booked ahead of time.  Please visit the About Our Facilities page, and click on About Our Facilities on the drop down list to access the link to the booking sheet.

Welcome to the McMaster Animal Facilities 

This website provides links to forms, information, and resources about all animal facilities affiliated with McMaster University.

If you have any problems with the website or questions, please feel free to contact us. Email: Website Administration 

An account is required to access most information/material. Please contact the Training Coordinator to receive a username and password.

General Inquiries can be sent to