Postgraduate MSc Course on Animal Welfare (18 months)
In several countries, including the Netherlands, a veterinarian or other competent person must be charged with advisory duties in relation to the well-being of the animals used in research (cf Art. 19.d of the EU Council Directive 86/609). These persons also play a key role in the quality of research, as they frequently act as advisor for the researcher and animal technician.
The aim of the postgraduate MSc course on Animal Welfare is to prepare for a position as leader/advisor in the field of animal-based research. After finishing the course, participants have a broad view on the requirements for a responsible use of animals in research.
Participants must be graduated at BSc level (with appropriate additional work experience) or at MSc level in one of the biomedical disciplines. Applicants can only be admitted if during the graduate study emphasis has been on pathophysiology. Admittance depends on approval by the Admission Committee.
The total length of the course is 18 months, and consists of several modules (in total 6 months) and a research training (12 months).
The fee of the MSc course is € 19.500 (this course fee does not include cost of living/housing/travelling of the participant).
The MSc course on Animal Welfare is being organized together with the Faculty's Office for International Co-operation. Information on the course can be found on their web pages
Profile and competence of MSc graduate
After having finished the postgraduate MSc programme participants have specific knowledge/competence on the following topics:
Outline of study programme
In total: 23 weeks = 34.5 ECTS
(1 week = 1.5 ECTS)
Each of the modules must be completed by an written report approved by the supervisor of the module and will result in a mark (1-10). Only for the Basic course on laboratory animal science there will be an exam and asignment resulting in a mark (1-10).
B. Research training programme
In the research training programme (12 months = 60 ECTS) the MSc student participates in the research programme of the division of Laboratory Animal Science or in one of the other IVR programmes. The project should cover one of the disciplines relevant for the field of laboratory animal science and must be performed under the responsibility of one of the supervisors involved in the MSc programme. Prior to the start of the project the proposal must be approved by the Course Director.
The project must result in a manuscript for a paper in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. The results of the project must be publicly presented and defended.