MF9490 - Course in Laboratory Animal Handling
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Owner/Developer: University of Oslo (UiO)
The course meets the demands for legislations and skills given in "Animal Welfare Act (LOV-2009-06-19-97)" and "Regulations on the use of animals in experiments (FOR-2015-06-18-761)" for persons which will use and handle experimental laboratory animals. Students learn how to plan and perform ethical animal experiments. The course qualifies for animal testing in accordance with Articles 23 and 24 of the EU Directive 2010/63/EU. The course follows a suggested common EU education structure provided in Education and training framework.
The theoretical part of the course provides training in mice, rats, rabbits and pigs.
Hands-on training, Lecture
The teaching of this course is done every autumn. It comprise of 4 full days with lecturing, 1/2 day with group tasks, followed by mandatory test, and a home assignment (exam).After theoretical training, the course participant must have 25 hours of instruction in practical training in the use of experimental animals. Practical demonstrations and animal handling under supervision must be organized by the course participant at own institution.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
MBV3050 Human Physiology for those who do not have a medical background. Human physiology at the lever of the 3. Semester.
Recommended previous knowledge
MBV3050 Human Physiology for those who do not have a medical background.
Suggested literature (one of the below):
- Handbook of Laboratory Animal Science, Essential Principles and Practices, Vol. 1, Third Edition.
Jann Hau and and Steven J. Schapiro.
- Handbook of Laboratory animal management and welfare (Blackwell Science), Wolfensohn and Lloyd (eds)
University (Doctoral education)
Killing animals, Carrying out procedures on animals, Designing procedures and projects, Taking care of animals, Legislative aspects
Substantial coverage (e.g. multiple modules)
Mice (Mus musculus), Rats (Rattus norvegicus), Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus), Pigs (Sus scrofa domesticus), Other species
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see learning outcomes
Directive 2010/63/EU or equivalent, Other
The course gives an introduction to the relevant legal paragraphs, the physiology of pain, anesthesia/analgesia, attitudes towards animal research, alternatives to animal research, and housing of laboratory animals. Furthermore it will be taught how to plan and standardize experiments, handling of animals generally, and how to apply for ethics permission to perform experiments. The course will contain a introduction to the use of model organisms with a focus on mice, rats, rabbits and pig, choice of mammals as research animals, and the use of genetically engineered animals.
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by the university
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Finishing the course means gaining 5 credits.
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