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This a friendly reminder that we have RATS 2.0 training sessions available to assist you in making the transition to the new system. Basic training provides an introduction to RATS 2.0, covering navigation and terminology. Advanced training is limited to those who have already attended a basic session; attendees will receive tips for completing their protocol smartform.

Please contact to register for an upcoming session:

Date Time
Tuesday, August 11 (basic) 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 13 (advanced) 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Monday, August 17 (basic) 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 20 (advanced) 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 26 (basic) 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Friday, August 28 (advanced) 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Additionally, here is a QUICK TIP regarding the Standard Library:

In RATS 2.0, there are close to 900 standard substances and over 170 standard procedures available to you for use on your protocol(s). It is important that you first search the Standard Library of substances and procedures prior to creating your own team substances and procedures; this will hopefully reduce the amount of substances and procedures you need to create yourself. You can access the Standard Library by clicking on the IACUC tab in RATS 2.0.

We strongly encourage you use the wildcard search, whereby you use the % symbol on either side of part or all of the search term (e.g., %buprenor%) when searching for existing substances and procedures in the library. When searching for standard procedures, it is also highly encouraged that you use filters to refine your search results. For example, you can filter by species to find all standard procedures for a specific species (e.g., mouse). You are able to add multiple filters to your search. For example, you can add a second filter to search for a specific procedure type (e.g., all standard euthanasia procedures for mice) as shown in the screenshot below:

Screenshot showing Standard Library and how to add second filter


If you find substances you need for your protocol(s) in the Standard Library, you can create a Substance Administration procedure(s) where you will add the standard substances and detail how they are being administered (e.g., via subcutaneous injection). Once created, the Substance Administration procedure(s) can be added directly to the experiments on your protocols.

If you find a procedure you will be performing on your protocol(s) in the Standard Library, you can add it directly to the experiments on your protocol. You are also able to copy a standard procedure if you need to make an edit to the procedure itself (e.g., if you need to change the dose); when copied, the procedure will become a team procedure. To copy a standard procedure, click on the procedure and once in the procedure workspace, you will have the option to Copy Procedure (as shown in the screenshot below). Only create a copy if you need to make edits to the standard procedure; otherwise you can add the standard procedure directly to your protocol. Please remember to review the details of all standard procedures to ensure that they describe processes that are consistent with how you perform work in your laboratory.

Screenshot showing how to Copy Procedure

If you have any questions about substances and procedures, refer to the RATS 2.0 Help Center (see screenshot below) or contact

Screenshot of RATS 2.0 Help Center