Laboratory Animal Science

The aim of the course is that the participant has a critical and analytical attitude towards the scientific knowledge underlying animal testing. The course includes the following topics: – Introduction – Biology and husbandry of laboratory animals – Diseases – Statistics – Alternatives – Ethical aspects – legislation – welfare. The course is offered as a block program. During the course, lectures and hands-on workshops alternate with demonstrations, videos and discussions. The multidisciplinary nature of the course requires the participation of lecturers from several disciplines. Specialists of other departments (e.g. pathology; legislation; alternatives) participate as lecturers. The staff is encouraged to prepare problem-based learning programs and to organize workshops for the discussion of these topics. The hands-on workshops deal with proper handling and restraining techniques for the common laboratory animal species.

The theoretical part of the course is covered by a multi-author textbook: L.F.M. van Zutphen, V. Baumans and A.C. Beynen (eds.), Principles of Laboratory Animal Science: A contribution to the humane use and care of animals and the quality of experimental results, Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam. This book will be available during the course. In addition, videos and interactive computer-based learning programs are being used to replace live animals.

Course Type: Commercial Courses

Learning Type: In Person

Start Months: Next Course scheduled for 2025. Exact dates have not been provided yet.

Course Duration: Full Time

Full Time Hours: 1 week

Qualifications Required: No formal qualification

Cost: €655 internal PhD student, €1050 external PhD student, €1650 other

Contact details of organiser: Postgraduate Education in Toxicology (PET)

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