MDV6003 - Laboratory Animal Science for Researchers
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Owner/Developer: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
The course follows the requirements in the Norwegian regulation on animal experimentation (FOR -2015-06-18-761) §25 and annex E. Additionally, the course aims to follow the Education and Training Framework by the European Commission to fulfil the requirements for functions (a) (persons who carry out procedures on animals) and (b) (persons who design procedures and projects).
After completion of this course you will most likely be able to bring your diploma to other European countries and work with research animals.
Please note that other countries might ask for additional training and have different national requirements.
The theoretical teaching will happen intensively during one week. Teaching methods will include lectures, study groups, quiz and individual assignments. Some activities will include e-based learning tools.
Computer assisted learning, Interactive online resources, Lecture, Other
Recommended previous knowledge
Basic knowledge in anatomy and physiology, competence in statistics, knowledge about literature searches on the internet and in libraries.
Required previous knowledge
A 3-year education on university or college level is a prerequisite in order for the participant to
plan and design procedures and projects (Function (b) in the EU Directive 2010/63).
Technicians, Researchers, Students
Postdoctoral (teaching and research), University (Doctoral education), Continuing Professional Development
Legislative aspects, Ethics, Killing animals, Taking care of animals, Designing procedures and projects, Carrying out procedures on animals
No species is addressed specifically, Other Fish (other Pisces), Other species
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The course covers the following topics:
ethics and views in society;
design and statistics;
3Rs and animal welfare,
biology of lab animals;
the choice of animal model;
genetic and environmental factors influencing animal experiments;
principles of minimally invasive procedures on animals, anaesthesia, analgesia and humane killing of lab
The course is divided into two sections; a general section (3 days) and a selectable section (2 days) where the students can choose between traditional laboratory animals or fish/aquatic organisms.
The course participants should select their specialization on the basis of the animals they will work with after the course.
Traditional laboratory animals specialization:
Biology of laboratory animals, health monitoring, anaesthesia and analgesia, ethology, genetics, transgenic animalmodels, handling techniques.
Fish and aquatic animals specialization:
Legislation concerning fish, experimental conditions, stress, biorythms and acclimatization, pain and suffering, anaesthesia, handling, surgical procedures and euthanasia, aggression and hierarchy formation, health monitoring and microbiological qualities, genetically modified fish.
After completing the course, the students should be able to:
-Identify and describe the national and European legislation which regulate the scientific use of animals
-Describe the differing views within society concerning the scientific use of animals
-Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the principle of the 3Rs,list examples of how the 3Rs can be implemented in research projects and list sources of information related to the 3Rs
-Describe the severity classification system and give examples of each category
-Describe the principle of implementing early humane endpoints and how this implementation can
influence animal health and welfare during the course of an experiment
-Describe the basic biology of the relevant animal species, including basic anatomy, physiology, reproduction and behaviour; and recognise the importance of attending to biological and behavioural
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by the university
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