SVEK20001U Laboratory Animal Science Function ABD for veterinary students

Volume 2020/2021
Education

Veterinærstuderende at "alternativ differentiering"

 

 

Content

The course includes the following topics:

Legislation, ethics and welfare, comparative and basic biology, nutrition, health, genetics, housing and facilities, occupational health, pain relief incl. anaesthesia and analgesia, euthanasia, experimental design and animal models.

Learning Outcome

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 as well as the Ministry of Environment and Food under the Danish Government. 
The course gives a theoretic introduction to handling, housing and using laboratory animals and how to replace, refine and reduce the use of live animals for research.

The course adheres to the more detailed learning outcomes described in the EU guidance paper 'A working document on the development of a common education and training framework to fulfill the requirements under the Directive' ( http:/​/​ec.europa.eu/​environment/​chemicals/​lab_animals/​pdf/​guidance/​education_training/​en.pdf).

The practical elements for performance of function A and D (EU modules  3.2, 6.2, and 8) are not taught on this course, while they are a prerequisite for entering the course.

After completing the course the student is expected to:

Knowledge 

  • 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

  • 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 

  • 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 No 12 of 07/01/2016 §56

 

Hau, J. & Schapiro SJ: Handbook of Laboratory Animal Science, 3nd ed., Vol. 1, CRC Press, Roca Raton, 2011.

Additional review papers.

Animal experimentation legislation.
 

Only MSc students with accepted practical exercises according to EU module 3.2, 6.2, and 8 can attend the course.
Basic knowledge in physiology, anatomy and pharmacology.
The theory is given as a number of online teaching modules including lectures, case work, and quizzes. Plenum discussions in a lecture room with a teacher will be offered three times during the block. The student is expected to be reading in the curriculum.

Practical exercises handling live animals with instructors are given as three mandatory sessions that the students need to sign in for. Performance will be evaluated during these exercises. The students are expected to be prepared by reading a manual and watching videos prior to the exercises sessions.

Evaluation model: Survey-based model.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 20
  • Preparation
  • 35,5
  • E-Learning
  • 80
  • Exam
  • 2
  • Total
  • 137,5
Not relevant
Credit
5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 2 hours under invigilation
Written exam at Peter Bangs Vej with multiple choice, short questions and short essays.
Aid
Without aids
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
No censorship. One internal examiner.
Exam period

At the examination week at the end of the block

Re-exam

At the examination week at the end of the subsequent block

Criteria for exam assesment

To achieve the grade passed, the student shall (in an adequate level) be able to:

Knowledge:

  • 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:

  • 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