LTK Module 2 - Education for persons responsible for directing animal experiments (study directors)
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Owner/Developer: University of Zurich (UZH)
08 January 2021
This course is the basic education course to be recognised as study director in animal experimentation. The training consists of a theoretical part and a part that is geared to the experimental objectives. Each part comprises of at least 20 hours.The aim of this advanced training as defined in the Swiss Legislation is to ensure that study directors plan and lead animal experiments in the appropriate methodologically correct manner and apply the 3R principles.
Hands-on training, Lecture
There no criteria for participation. However the recognition of this education by the authorities in Switzerland requires:
1) the basic education in laboratory animal science (Module 1 or 20 or a similar course)
2) at least 3 years experience in animal experimentation (in Switzerland or abroad)
3) a university degree that provides a basic knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology, Zoology and Behavioural Science, Genetics and Molecular Biology, as well as Hygiene and Biostatistics. If you don’t have these topics in your university degree, they must be completed separately. In this case, please contact your cantonal authorities.
Managers, Scientific officers / Project managers
Continuing Professional Development
Refinement, Reduction, Replacement
Legislative aspects, Carrying out procedures on animals, Designing procedures and projects
Full coverage (a dedicated course)
No species is addressed specifically
|Course level on animal species:||
|Details on the topic or technology covered:||
a. animal welfare regulations regarding animal experiments and laboratory animals;
b. national regulations on the registration of medicines, biologicals and chemicals as well as the basic features of corresponding international agreements;
c. research and analysis of scientific publications with regard to the planning of experiments and verification of possible alternative methods, knowledge of the most important sources of alternative methods;
d. biometrics and use of statistical methods in the planning of experiments and the analysis and interpretation of results;
e. selection of suitable animal species, strains and lines depending on the experimental design;
f. pain assessment and recording of constraints;
g. possibilities for reducing constraints on the laboratory animals, especially possibilities for administering analgesics and the use of criteria for euthanasia;
h. basic principles of good laboratory practice;
i. prevention and diagnosis of diseases, influence of infectious diseases or medication on the results of the experiment;
k. methods, studies and possible complications during and after anesthesia, including the measures needed to remedy them; and
l. pharmacological properties of the most commonly used anesthetics and analgesics, their selection with regard to animal species, the nature of the surgical procedure and design of the experiment, as well as species-specific reactions to anaesthetics.
Part geared to experimental objectives:
This part of the course teaches the method specific and species-specific knowledge needed to ensure that the planned animal experiments are carried out properly.
|Accreditation body and/or authority that approved the education or training:||
Federation of Swiss Cantonal Veterinary Officers (VSKT).
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