Laboratory Animal Science 
EU Function ABD - FULL COURSE


Aim and content

The course is a function A/B/D course according to the EU Directive 2010/63/EU Article 23.2 (previously designated category C), accredited by the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) as well as the Ministry of Environment and Food under the Danish Government.

The course gives practical and theoretic introduction to handling, housing and using laboratory animals and how to replace, refine and reduce the use of live animals for research.

After completed course, the participant will get a FELASA accredited certificate from the University of Copenhagen, and will be registered in the European FELASA database. The participant will thus be entitled to achieve a personal license to independently plan, implement and take responsibility for the design and performance of animal experimentation within the European Union according to the EU Directive 2010/63/EU Article 23.2 and the Danish executive order 12 of 07/01/2016, §56.

The course adheres to the EU Directive 2010/63/EU and the more detailed learning outcomes described by EU's expert working group in 'A working document on the development of a common education and training framework to fulfill the requirements under the Directive' (click here for more info).

Learning outcomes

Knowledge

After completing the course the student is expected to

  • understand that animal experimentation is complicated and requires current training to secure the well-being of the animals and the scientific outcome
  • explain the biological basis of laboratory animal breeding and maintenance, housing and management including basic genetics and reproduction, health monitoring, housing and handling (pre-, intra and post-procedural)
  • explain the legal basis for animal experimentation
  • explain and critically evaluate the scientific methods applied within animal experimentation including blood sampling, injections, principles for drug-development and testing, anesthesia and analgesia and evaluation of pain -and stress related behaviour in laboratory animals
  • discuss the basic biology of laboratory animals including behavioural and physiological needs
  • explain and critically evaluate basic knowledge relating to design and evaluation of studies using live animals

Skills

After completing the course the student is expected to

  • organize self-training on handling and procedures in the most common laboratory animals
  • discuss and evaluate the basic principles on how to use animals for research
  • discuss and evaluate principles of procedures on their future experiments
  • discuss, evaluate and argue about the ethical basis for the use of animals for research

Competencies

After completing the course the student is expected to

  • independently take responsibility to implement and further develop practical skills in handling of common rodents used for research
  • independently take responsibility to implement and further develop practical skills in the performance of basic animal experiments
  • achieve a personal license to independently plan, implement and take responsibility for the design and performance of animal experimentation within the European Union according to the EU Directive 2010/63/EU Article 23.2 and the Danish executive order 12 of 07/01/2016, §56

Participants

PhD students, post-docs and other academic staff.

Undergraduate students are referred to the courses offered via KU's course catalogue, please click here.

Language

English.

Course leader

Klas Abelson, Associate Professor, PhD
Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Copenhagen.

Axel Kornerup Hansen, Professor, DVM
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen

Teachers

Staff at the Department of Experimental Medicine, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, other departments at the University of Copenhagen, as well as a few external teachers.

Time

The course is offered throughout the year.

  • Theory is offered via online teaching at all times, with the possibility to meet teachers on regular occasions. 
  • Compulsory practicals (in total three sessions during two consecutive days) are offered weekly on dates selected by the participants.  
  • Examination is offered four times a year - in January, April, June and November.

For students unable to take the practicals or exam at the ordinary dates, flexible solutions can be arranged for an additional cost. Contact the course organizers for more information.

Workload 

E-learning 85 h
Plenary sessions 12 h
Practical exercises 12 h
Preparation 95 h
Exam 2 h
Total 206 h

Place

Department of Experimental Medicine, Panum, Blegdamsvej 3B, DK-2200 Copenhagen N.
Frederiksberg Campus, Dyrlægevej 45, DK-1870, Frederiksberg.

Price

The course is free of charge for PhD-students at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND), University of Copenhagen. 

For other participants, the fee is 15.300 DKK.

The fee includes course materials and refreshments at practical sessions. Lunch is not included.

Registration

PhD-students at SUND must register via the SUND PhD Course Catalogue

Other register via the Course registration form

Deadline for registration is two weeks before course start.