Laboratory Animal Science
EU Function ABD - THEORY ONLY


Please note that this course does not include any practical exercises with live animals, and thus not gives sufficient knowledge for working with laboratory animals. This can be achieved either by following the full course, or take practicals at a separate occasion. 

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 theoretic introduction to handling, housing and using laboratory animals and how to replace, refine and reduce the use of live animals for research. It 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: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/lab_animals/pdf/guidance/education_training/en.pdf).

After completed course, the participant will receive a FELASA accredited certificate for the theoretical part from the University of Copenhagen, and will be registered in the European FELASA database.

Please note that the course does not include any practical exercises with live animals. This can be achieved either by following the full course, or take practicals at a separate occasion.  

After completed course, and supplementary examination in practical skills, 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.

Learning objectives

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

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
  • after supplementary examination in practical skills  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, who already have passed the compulsory practical part of the ABD-course, or intend to do so at another university.

Language

English.

Course leaders

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.
  • Examination is offered four times a year - in January, April, June and November.

For students unable to take 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 
Preparation 95 h
Exam 2 h
Total 194 h

Price

The fee is 7.000 DKK.

Registration

Registration via the Course registration form
Deadline for registration is two weeks before course start.