Laboratory Animal Science II
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Owner/Developer: Ghent University
01 January 2016
The goal of this course is to provide the student with enough knowledge concerning the use of laboratory animals, to be able to function as responsible for animal experiments.
This course is legally imposed by the Belgian government for professionals working with lab animals. The student should acknowledge the advantages and disadvantages of animal use and learn to optimise laboratory animal welfare, especially focusing on the 3 R’s: Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of lab animal experiments. The student also acquires knowledge on legal implications and possible alternatives for laboratory animal use.
Hands-on training, Lecture, Other
- Anatomy and physiology as taught in different bachelor and master courses in animal or human sciences.
- Students in biomedical sciences need to have completed successfully the course microbiology from 3th bachelor year Biomedical sciences or having acquired the relevant ending objectives by other means.
- They also need to follow this course at the same time as Laboratory Animal Science I, or after they obtained a credit for Laboratory Animal Science I.
University (Master), University (Doctoral education)
Taking care of animals, Killing animals, Ethics, Legislative aspects
Full coverage (a dedicated course)
No species is addressed specifically
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In several short sessions, topics such as ethics concerning animal use, legislation regarding experimental animals, housing and environmental enrichment, ethical methods of killing, animal models and alternatives, extrapolation of experimental data to man, experimental design and sample size determination etc.
Practical sessions include a.o. exercises regarding experimental design as well as discussions regarding the ethical evaluation of animal experiments.
Directive 2010/63/EU or equivalent
- The person directing animal experiments has knowledge and insight in the scientific aspects of animal experiments.
- The person directing animal experiments has knowledge and insight in legislative aspects of laboratory animal experimentation.
- The person directing animal experiments has knowledge and insight in ethical aspects of laboratory animal experiments.
- The responsible for these experiments understands the societal relevance and implications of the use of animals in experiments.
- The person directing animal experiments is able to design an animal experiment in a responsible way.
- The person directing animal experiments possesses knowledge concerning alternatives and where to find databases on alternative methods for animal use.
- The person directing animal experiments is able to optimise lab animal welfare.
- The person directing animal experiments is able to interpret the results obtained from such experiments in a critical and correct way.
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