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Course module: BMB426006
Laboratory Animal Sciences
Course info
Course codeBMB426006
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeElective
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact personN.A. Koning, MSc
Contactperson for the course
N.A. Koning, MSc
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
MASTER  (20/08/2018 to 17/08/2019)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
From a participant, who successfully passed the course, one can expect that he/she:
  1. has knowledge of the major anatomical and physiological characteristics of the commonly used laboratory animal species, with respect to the choice of the proper animal model;
  2. has knowledge of the requirements of laboratory animals with respect to housing, nutrition and care;
  3. possesses the necessary knowledge for responsible animal handling and also obtained some practical experience in this respect;
  4. obtained some practical experience in the oral administration of substances and the performance of various injection techniques;
  5. has taken note of the different methods for the collection of body fluids;
  6. has taken note of a number of other frequently used experimental techniques (amongst others cannulation, insertion of catheters);
  7. possesses the knowledge to recognise pain as well as discomfort in laboratory animals and to define humane endpoints;
  8. has knowledge of the most important methods of anaesthesia, analgesia and euthanasia, which can be used in various laboratory animal species;
  9. has knowledge of the possible impact of environmental and procedural factors on experimental results;
  10. has knowledge of the importance of hygienic measures and barrier systems;
  11. has knowledge of the impact of diseases in laboratory animals on the experimental approach and knows about possible health monitoring;
  12. knows about safety aspects and occupational health when working with laboratory animals;
  13. knows about the specific demands that are necessary for a correct preparation and performance of animal experimental techniques and research;
  14. knows the possibilities that statistics can offer to optimise the use of laboratory animals;
  15. knows the guidelines with respect to good laboratory practice (GLP);
  16. knows about the possibilities and limitations of alternative techniques;
  17. is familiar with legislation concerning the use of laboratory animals;
  18. knows about basic principles, which guide towards the ethical judgement of animal experiments.
Period (from – till): several times a year.
Teachers from the Department of Animals in Science and Society , Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiteit Utrecht

NOTE: There are different courses offered please read the information on the websites carefully. You should take the laboratory animal sciences course only if you need it for your research project; you must have permission from your supervisor and your programme coordinator.

You can find the exact course dates and information for the English taught course here.
More information about the Dutch taught course can be foud here.

Course description
This course is a requirement for conducting animal experiments and teaches you the basics on animal research.
The objective of the course is to present basic facts and principles that are essential for the humane use and care of animals and for the quality of research. From the beginning of the course, emphasis is placed on the fact that the scientist is the central person in the design and performance of animal experiments, and that he/she has specific responsibilities with respect to the welfare of the animals used. It is made clear that the use of animals can be accepted only under a set of strict conditions. Among these are that the experiment must be approved by an ethics committee, and must be conducted by persons who are fully competent.
Please note:
  • You should take the laboratory animal sciences course only if you need it for your research project; you must have permission from your supervisor and your programme coordinator.
  • Because this course is expensive, you need to fill the rest of your elective component with modules which are free of extra costs, in exceptional cases more than one course may be allowed. You have to ask prior approval from the Board of Examiners if you want to take more than one of these courses.
  • For BMS students BIFM, BIDM, CSND, EPIM, IMIF, NSCN, RMTM, TXEH: please use the registration form which can be found in the here.
  • For students from BII, ENVB, MCLS, SBM and DINN: please use the standard form of the LAS course which you can find here.
Fill out the form and first hand it in at your Master's programme’s administration desk for approval. You need a signature and financial account number in order to have the form accepted at the LAS administration. In order to get approval from the Board of Examiners please add a signed statement of your examiner that this course is mandatory for your researchproject. After obtaining the approval you can sent the form to the LAS administration.

Mandatory for students in GSLS Master’s programme

Optional for students in GSLS Master’s programme
More information in Dutch: click here, in English: click here.
Entry requirements
You must have completed the bachelor exam
Required materials
Instructional formats
Basic lecture




Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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