Course in laboratory animal science Handling and Housing- FELASA function A/B/D
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Owner/Developer: Departments of Veterinary Disease Biology and Experimental Medicine, University of Copenhagen (KU)
The course gives a practical and theoretical introduction to handling, housing and using laboratory animals and how to replace, refine and reduce the use of live animals for research.
The course is a function A/B/D course according to the EU Directive 2010/63/EU Article 23.2 (previously designated category C), accredited by the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA).
After completing the course, the participant is qualified to acquire a personal license to independently plan, implement and take responsibility for the design and performance of animal experimentation within the European Union according to the EU Directive 2010/63/EU Article 23.2 and the Danish executive order 88 of 30/01/2013 §56.
Hands-on training, Interactive online resources
Relevant academic degree within a life science field in order to register for the practicals and the certification.
Students, Researchers, Technicians
Academia, Industry, Contract Research Organizations (CROs)
University (Master), University (Doctoral education), Postdoctoral (teaching and research), Continuing Professional Development
Carrying out procedures on animals, Designing procedures and projects, Taking care of animals, Ethics, Legislative aspects
Full coverage (a dedicated course)
No species is addressed specifically
|Course level on animal species:||
|Details on the topic or technology covered:||
Legislation, Ethics/Welfare/3Rs, Comparative and Basic Biology, Genetics, Animal Health, Nutrition, Housing/Facilities/Management/Occupational Health, Pain/Anesthesia/Invasive Procedures, Experimental design/Animal models.
Directive 2010/63/EU or equivalent
- understand that animal experimentation is complicated and requires current training to secure the well-being of the animals and the scientific outcome
- explain the biological basis of laboratory animal breeding and maintenance, housing and management including basic genetics and reproduction, health monitoring, housing and handling (pre-, intra and post-procedural)
- explain the legal basis for animal experimentation
- explain and critically evaluate the scientific methods applied within animal experimentation including blood sampling, injections, principles for drug-development and testing, anesthesia and analgesia and evaluation of pain -and stress related behaviour in laboratory animals
- discuss the basic biology of laboratory animals including behavioural and physiological needs
- explain and critically evaluate basic knowledge relating to design and evaluation of studies using live animals
- organize self-training on handling and procedures in the most common laboratory animals
- discuss and evaluate the basic principles on how to use animals for research
- discuss and evaluate principles of procedures on their future experiments
- discuss, evaluate and argue about the ethical basis for the use of animals for research
- independently take responsibility to implement and further develop practical skills in handling of common rodents used for research
- independently take responsibility to implement and further develop practical skills in the performance of basic animal experiments
- achieve a personal license to independently plan, implement and take responsibility for the design and performance of animal experimentation within the European Union according to the EU Directive 2010/63/EU Article 23.2 and the Danish executive order 88 of 30/01/2013 §56
|Accreditation body and/or authority that approved the education or training:||
Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA)
The successful candidate will get a FELASA accredited certificate from the University of Copenhagen, and will be registered in the European FELASA database.
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