Accelerate your career and join a network of certified surgical research professionals!

Do you want to increase your knowledge of anesthetics, analgesics or surgery? Is being viewed as an expert in your field something you desire?

If you wish to further develop your professional career and experience personal growth as well, then achieving a certification as a surgical research anesthetist, technician, or specialist is for you! Gaining certification shows a commitment to the responsible use of animals in surgical research and a dedication to maintaining the highest level of animal welfare. A certification also highlights to regulatory bodies, such as IACUCs and AAALAC, that you’ve been properly trained and are the right person for the job.

Check out all three certification options to determine the best path for you and your career!

“Since becoming a veterinary technician I always loved being involved with surgery and anesthesia so when I first learned about the surgical research anesthetist certification, I was ecstatic. I immediately set the SRA certification as one of my career goals because mastering the art of anesthesia for the opportunity to obtain such a prestigious certification was a no brainer to me. The process of acquiring my certification as a surgical research anesthetist has already had a profound impact on my career professionally. It has enabled me to excel within my current institution and will undoubtedly make me a desirable candidate in this profession for the foreseeable future.”

Alex Macleod, SRA, University of Florida
Janelle Pierce

“I am a Certified Veterinary Technician with a passion for veterinary medicine and outdoor adventure. I work for W. L. Gore and Associates as a Preclinical Research Technician in Flagstaff, Arizona. At Gore we are supported in our professional development and certification opportunities. The Academy of Surgical Research has been a valuable resource for education, training and networking. I am excited for the privilege to be certified through the ASR as a Surgical Research Specialist.”

Janelle Pierce, SRS, W.L. Gore and Associates
Hannah Tan Qi Hui 2019 SRT

“The preparation and process of becoming certified as an SRT has helped me grow as a veterinary technician in a research setting. I now have a better understanding of aseptic technique, anesthesia, and post-operative care (pain management), and am able to pass on the knowledge I have gained in training other researchers.”

Hannah Tan, SRT, National University of Singapore

Mentorship Program

The Academy of Surgical Research Mentorship Program aims to further enable ASR members, both those starting out as well as seasoned individuals, to grow and lead as effective professionals by providing meaningful one-on-one mentoring relationships.

Each mentee and mentor pair will design a shared goal/outcome for their partnership to be completed during a period of up to one-year mentorship. A few examples of possible goals for a mentorship could be:

  • A mentee that is new to the field of surgical research and seeking guidance on development and career paths.
  • A mentee planning to sit for one of the certification exams and seeking guidance from a certified member on the process from the application, what/how to study and taking the exam itself.
  • A mentee looking to develop a new surgical model and seeking guidance from a certified surgeon with significant experience in that particular model or area of surgery.
Academy of Surgical Research Mentorship Program


*Both Mentee and Mentors must be current ASR members in good standing.

Our Mentors have a broad base of experience. To provide a high quality program, mentee and mentor pairs will be matched according to their fields, experience and goals as outlined in the application process. Mentees have to be employed for at least one year within the surgical research field or have relevant experience before being admitted to the program. Mentors will be significantly experienced in the field the mentee is requesting and will be assigned to only one mentee at a time. Mentees are required to pay a $20 registration fee to confirm his/her spot in the cohort.


Mentee and mentor pairs enter into a commitment lasting up to one year. After the initial orientation session, pairs are encouraged to meet monthly; however; timetables should be predetermined to best suit the needs of the pair and to accomplish the goal/outcome. The expectation is for pairs to meet at least three times. Meetings can be face to face (if in the same area), via teleconferences, or via whatever media works for each pair

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