Course code VU-LAB160

VU-LAB160 Course in Laboratory Animal Science (FELASA B)

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2018 - 2019 .

Course responsible: Kristine Eraker Aasland Hansen
Teachers: Erik Ropstad
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:

The fall course will be held and evaluated in the fall.

The spring course will be held and evaluated in the spring. 

Course frequency: 2 times per year, one fall course and one spring course. 
First time: Study year 2018-2019
Course contents:
The course consists of 4 weeks of theory + 20 hours of practical training. 
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.

Learning outcomes:

After completing the course, the student should:

  • Having insight into the general welfare and the most important topics in the field of laboratory animal science.
  • Could define and use terminology in the field. 
  • Understand the relationship between the environment, health, welfare and quality of operation of laboratory animals.
  • Could point out the potential health hazards associated with working with laboratory animals and how to minimize these.
  • Understand the principle of "the three Rs" (reducenoise, refine, replace)
  • Could have a reflective attitude to animal welfare and able to argue about this.
  • Know about the most important regulations, legislation and supervision work by the subject area.
  • Know the alternatives and supplements to animal testing that exists.
  • Know about the main points on how one plan and search for an animal experiments, how to choose art, genetic modificated model, methods, anesthesia, methods of euthanasia etc.
  • Be able to explain methods of handling, anesthesia, analgesia and humane euthanasia of experimental animals (including fish) and be able to explain the key principles that form the basis of choosing the type of method and type of equipment for handling and treatment of animals.
  • Be able to explain for internal and external factors who can influence an experminental animal and what it can have to say for the outcome in an animal experiment, and how experimental animals health become monitored and how all work is quality assured.
  • Be able to explain for how one should work to standardize these factors the most.
  • Have insight in the most important factors which include in the drift of an experimental animal department and to conduct a simple evaluation of a department. 

Specific form needs to be filled out for the pracical training. 

Learning activities:

The fall course are held together with Vet335 and Dyr202 and the course participants may join the lectures in these courses. The teaching will be mostly by lectures, but also films, tours and problemsolving assignments will be used. 

The spring course is a 100% online ourse, without any lectures. The students must absorbe all the curriculum as self study, by using the tools founed in Canvas. 

The 20 hours mandatory practical training must be taken at a lab animal facility. Specific form must be filled out. This is mandatory for both the fall course and the spring course. 

Teaching support:
The block leader and the teachers will be available for the students during normal work hours during the course weeks. 
Lists of recommended litterature will be available on Canvas
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

The lectures are not mandatory.

Mandatory electonic multiple choice exam.

Mandatory individual written assignment.

Mandatory 20 hour practical training at a lab animal facility. 


Mandatory electonic multiple choice exam.

Mandatory individual written assignment.

Mandatory 20 hour practical training at a lab animal facility. 

Reduction of credits:
Vet335 and Dyr202.
Type of course:

The fall course has 4 weeks of lectures.

The spring course has no stuctured teaching. 

The multiple choice exam are scored automatically in Canvas. The block leader will approve the form for the pracical training and the individual written assignment. Results will be pass/not pass. 
Examination details: Langsgående vurdering: Bestått / Ikke bestått