Laboratory Animal Science: Design and Ethics in Animal Experimentation
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Owner/Developer: Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
The objective of this course is to present basic facts and principles that are essential for the humane use and care of laboratory animals and for the quality of research. Technical and methodological aspects of the design and implementation of animal experiments will be discussed, with ethics, animal welfare and alternatives to the use of laboratory animals as central themes in this course. Only basic skills and expertise may be expected from this course, due to its restricted size and scope. Dutch law requires that animal experimentation is carried out by properly trained people. For researchers this implies that in addition to this basic course they have to take an animal species specific course. After this you will be competent to design procedures and projects and to execute simple procedures on these animals.
Hands-on training, Lecture
The applicant shall have acquired knowledge on the basic subjects of biology up to 18.75 credits (= 500 study hours) including at least 7.5 credits on anatomy/zoology and 7.5 credits on physiology.
University (Bachelor), University (Master), University (Doctoral education), Postdoctoral (teaching and research)
Replacement, Reduction, Refinement
Killing animals, Carrying out procedures on animals, Designing procedures and projects, Taking care of animals, Computational methods, In vitro methods, Ethics
Full coverage (a dedicated course)
No species is addressed specifically
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Directive 2010/63/EU or equivalent
After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate a critical and analytical attitude towards the scientific knowledge underlying Laboratory Animal Science related activities
- understand legislation concerning the use of laboratory animals;
- understand basic principles, which guide towards the ethical judgment of animal experiments;
- understand the possibilities and limitations of alternative techniques;
- understand the requirements of laboratory animals with respect to housing, nutrition and care;
- take note of the different methods for the collection of body fluids, and some other frequently used experimental techniques;
- recognize pain as well as discomfort in laboratory animals and to define humane end points;
- understand the most important methods of anesthesia, analgesia and euthanasia, which can be used in various laboratory animal species;
- understand the possible impact of environmental and procedural factors on experimental results;
- understand the importance of hygienic measures and barrier systems;
- understand the impact of diseases in laboratory animals on the experimental approach and knows about possible health monitoring;
- understand the specific demands that are necessary for a correct preparation and performance of animal experimental techniques and research;
- understand the possibilities that statistics can offer to optimize the use of laboratory animals;
- understand literature search methods, a.o. meta-analysis and synthesis of evidence, for example systematic reviews
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