Introductory course in Laboratory Animal Science for toxicologists not personally involved in animal experimentation.
Not all toxicologists will be actively performing animal experiments. However, basic knowledge of Laboratory Animal Science is generally required for toxicologists. Therefore, an introductory course in Laboratory Animal Science is a compulsory part of the PET programme.
The PET offers a one-week introductory course organized by the Department of Animals in Science and Society (DASS) of Utrecht University tailored for candidates who expect not to become actively involved in animal experiments.
Those who expect to get actively involved in animal experiments should take the two-week course Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science. This course is part of the requirements of the Dutch Law on Animal Experimentation (article 9) and is exclusively offered by DASS at Utrecht University. Further details on this so-called ‘article 9 course’ can be found on the DASS website education pages.
Aim of the course
The participant develops a critical and analytical attitude towards the scientific knowledge underlying Laboratory Animal Science related activities.
Content of the course
The course includes the following topics:
– Biology and husbandry of laboratory animals
– Ethical aspects
During this one-week course, lectures and hands-on workshops alternate with demonstrations, videos and discussions. The multidisciplinary nature of the course requires the participation of lecturers from several disciplines and, therefore, experts of other departments (e.g., pathology; legislation; alternatives) participate as lecturers. The staff is encouraged to prepare problem-based learning programmes and to organize workshops for the discussion of these topics. The hands-on workshops deal with proper handling and restraining techniques for the common laboratory animal species.
The theoretical part of the course is covered by a multi-author textbook: Principles of Laboratory Animal Science: A contribution to the humane use and care of animals and the quality of experimental results, L.F.M. van Zutphen, V. Baumans and A.C. Beynen (eds.), Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam. This book will be available during the course. In addition, videos and interactive computer-based learning programmes are being used to replace live animals.
Outcomes (competences, skills)
Participants, who successfully passed the course:
• possess the necessary knowledge for responsible animal handling and also obtained some practical experience in this respect
• have knowledge of the possible impact of environmental and procedural factors on experimental results.
• have knowledge of the impact of diseases in laboratory animals on the experimental approach and knows about possible health monitoring.
• know about safety aspects and occupational health when working with laboratory animals.
• know about the specific demands that are necessary for a correct preparation and performance of animal experimental techniques and research.
• know the possibilities that statistics can offer to optimize the use of laboratory animals.
• know about the possibilities and limitations of alternative techniques.
• are familiar with legislation concerning the use of laboratory animals.
• know about basic principles, which guide towards the ethical judgement of animal experiments.
Dr. S.S. Arndt, DASS, Utrecht University
Dr. H. Boleij, DASS, Utrecht University
Dr. Verheije, Pathology, Utrecht University
Drs. D. Weijers, Proefdiervrij
Drs. M. van Gerwen, DASS, Utrecht University
Dr. H. Blom, animal welfare officer, Utrecht
Dr. F. Poelma, animal welfare officer, Utrecht
Dr. H. van Lith, DASS, Utrecht University
Dr. F. Meijboom, DASS/Ethic Institute, Utrecht University
Dr. J. van der Valk, DASS, Utrecht University
Ing. P. Rooymans, DASS, Utrecht University (coordinator)
The course will be concluded by a written exam.
Coordinator: Ing. T.P. Rooymans
Duration: 1 week
ECTS credits: 1.5
Number of participants: 10-15
Period: for exact dates, please consult the current programme schedule
Fee: see tuition fees (includes reduced fees for PhD students)
Location: Department of Animals in Science and Society, Utrecht University, Utrecht