Course code VET335

VET335 Laboratory animal science

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Course responsible: Kristine Eraker Aasland Hansen
Teachers: Gro Holter, Aud Kari Fauske, Erik Ropstad, Even Thoen
ECTS credits: 1.5
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Fall semester and continues in the Spring semester. This course has teaching/evaluation in Fall semester and Spring semester. 
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2016-2017
Preferential right:
Course contents:
1 week theoretical course and 9 hours (3 half days) of practical training at the internal lab animal facility. The subject will be approoved when both the theoretical course and the practical course is passed. 
Learning outcome:

The subject of laboratory animal science and welfare will give students a basic understanding of and ability to discuss animal welfare related to the use of animals in teaching and research. Furthermore, the subject provide insight into the use of laboratory animals and how to ensure good welfare for animals used in scientific work, as well as providing an insight into how animal experiments are planned and implemented in the best possible way.

After completion of the course, the students should:

  • Having insight in general ethics and animal welfare and the most important topics withing the field "laboratory animal science"
  • Be able to have a reflected attitude to ethics and animal welfare and have a critical look on the argumentation around the topic animal welfare. 
  • Know about the most important regulations, legislations and supervision work in the field.
  • Be able to define and use the terminology within the field of study.
  • Understand the principle about "The three R's" (reducenoise, refine, replace)
  • Know about the main points to how you plan and apply for an animal experiment, how you choose species, genetically modified model, methods, anesthesia, euthanasia method etc. 
  • Be able to explain the connection between the environment, health, welfare and quality assurance. 
  • Be able to explain internal and external factors that can affect a laboratory animal and how that can change the outcome of the experiment, as well as how animal experiments health is being monitored and how all the work is quality assured. 
  • Be able to explain how a person should work to standardize these factors in the best way. 
  • Be able to explain the methods of handling, housing, feeding, ID marking, health monitoring, anesthesia, analgesia and euthanasia of experimental animals (including fish), and be able to explain the most important principles which forms the basis for choosing method and type of equipment for handling and treatment of laboratory animals. 
  • Kow the potential alternatives and supplements to animal experiments that exists. 
  • Be able to point out the potential health risks associated with working with laboratory animals and how you can minimize these dangers. 

After completion of the practical part, the students should:

  • Show that they can perform a clinical examination, general handling, fixating, injectionmethods and blood sampling of mice, rats and rabbits. This includes SC injection on rats and mice, SC and IV injection on rabbits.
Learning activities:

The teaching is mainly lectures, but is also films and problem tasks will be used. 

The lectures will be together with the veterinary nurse students.

Practical teaching (3 half days, internal 2nd semester) in handling, fixating, clinical examination, injection methods and blood sampling methods on mice, rats and rabbits. 

Teaching support:
The the block leader and teachers will be available within office ours during the course week.
Lists of recommended literature are found at the block's home room on Canvas
Recommended prerequisites:
The previous courses in the study programme and subjects that are mandatory to admission to NMBU.
Mandatory activity:

Lectures are not mandatory.

9 hours practice in 2nd semester is mandatory and requires active participation. Absence must be taken again together with one of the other groups or it can be possible to arrange special days for students who need to retake some of the mandatory practicals. 


Exam last day in the course week will be a multiple choice exam. Pass/not pass. The requironment for pass is 50 %. Re-sit is arranged 4 weeks after the censorship

Practice in 2nd semester have to be done and passed. 

Nominal workload:
45 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Admitted to the Veterinary Medicine Program
Type of course:

3 days of lectures, 21 hours.

3 half days with practicals, 9 hours.


Requirements for personal equipment


The multipel choice test is automatically scored in Canvas. 
Examination details: Samlet vurdering: Bestått / Ikke bestått