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Department Animals, Science and Society

Course on Laboratory Animal Science


The objective of the 80 hours course is to present basic facts and principles that are essential for the humane use and care of laboratory animals and for the quality of research.
The course may also be of interest for those who intend to set up a similar course at their own location. For this purpose, during the course acquisition of teaching materials can be discusses with the course committee.

Our international courses are meant for people who do not speak and/or understand Dutch. Otherwise we refer to our Dutch courses (see Dutch pages:


The number of credits that can be obtained after successful completion of the course is 3 ECTS ( European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). The lenght of the course is two weeks.


If the participant has met all legal requirements and has successfully passed the exam at the end of the course, he/she will receive a certificate.

Legal requirements (according to Section 2 of the Dutch Experiments on Animals Decree)
Beside successful completion of the Course on Laboratory Animal Science, the applicant needs to have required:
  • a MSc degree in a biological or zootechnical discipline
  • knowledge of the basic subjects of biology up to 18.75 ECTS (=500 study hours) including at least 7.5 ECTS on anatomy/zoology and 7.5 ECTS on physiology.
Please send in together with your registration form:
  • a copy of your master diploma
  • a complete list of all relevant courses (including BSc studies) that you followed, and the number of hours that they took (if your academic training was not one of the aforementioned disciplines).
If you have not (yet) obtained a Master degree, you will receive a written confirmation stating that you followed the course and successfully passed the exam. With this confirmation you can after obtaining your master degree, put in a request to send you the final certificate confirming that you meet all legal requirements of Dutch law to be registered as an art.9 researcher.



The maximum number of participants is 24. Registration will be accepted after receipt of:
  • the registration form on 'first come, first served' basis. Please fill in (using the Tab-key) and send it by fax to +31 30 253 7997, or by regular mail to: Course on Laboratory Animal Science, Yalelaan 2, 3584 CM Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Masterstudents Biomedical Sciences of the Utrecht University are required to contact the master Administration office for registration, e-mail: The registration form can be found: Registrationform 

Once a year in July we organize a course with hotel accommodation, only for participants not living or working in the Netherlands. A hotel reservation is made for 12 nights, lunches and dinners are included during course days (when places are available participants that live and work in the Netherlands can register)>
Note that our English courses are meant for students who do not speak or understand Dutch. Dutch speaking students should register in our Dutch course, for course dates see:

Courses with accommodation include:
- course materials
- accommodation (breakfast included) for 12 days)
- lunches and dinners during course days
- daily transport from the hotel to the university and back during course days

Courses 2014
Courses WITHOUT accommodation 2014
22 Sep. - 03 Oct.  2014, International LAS-Course I Course is fully booked: places on waiting list available!!!
03 Nov. - 14 Nov. 2014, International LAS-Course II

Prices 2014
Regular course fee: € 1710
Employees of the Fac. of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University:
€ 915 (English textbook included)
Courses WITH accommodations: € 3435

Courses 2015
Due to the implementation of the European directive 210/63/EU, the Dutch Act on Animal Experimentation will be adjusted in the course of 2014.
One of the effects of this adjustment relates to the course in Laboratory Animal Science for researchers.
From 1 January 2015 researchers will have to follow a basic course + an additional species-specific practice module.

Courses WITHOUT accommodation 2015

02 Feb. - 13 Feb. 2015, International LAS Course III
18 Feb  - 20 Feb, 2015, Species Specific Modules

13 Apr. - 24 Apr.  2015, International LAS-Course IV
29 Apr. - 01 May, 2015, Species Specific Modules

Courses WITH accommodation
Once a year in July we organize a course with hotel accommodation, only for participants not living or working in the Netherlands. A hotel reservation is made for 12 nights, lunches and dinners are included during course days (when places available participants that live and work in the Netherlands can register)

Courses WITH accommodation in 2015
29 Jun. - 10 Jul. 2015, International LAS-Course V
15 Jul.  - 17 Jul. 2015, Species Specific Modules

Prices 2015 after adjustment of the new directive (see above):
Regular course fee: € 1840
Employees of the Fac. of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University:
€ 980 (English textbook included)
For the courses WITH accommodation the exact price in not known yet, but will probably be around € 150 above the current price of € 3435

Cancellation Policy
If registration is canceled:

- 22 or more days prior to the starting date of the course: the payment is fully refunded.
- 7 - 21 days prior to the starting date of the course, 50% of the payment is refunded to the client.
- 7 or less days to the starting date of the course or no-show, the payment is not refunded.


The courses start at 9 am and will last until Friday the next week at approx. 5 pm.


  • Introduction; general aspects of laboratory animal science
  • Recognition of pain and distress
  • Statistics
  • Anaesthesiology; Analgesia
  • Gnotobiology
  • Practical training (handling)
  • Biology and husbandry of laboratory animals
  • Genetic standardization
  • Practical training (techniques)
  • Behaviour and housing
  • Diseases of laboratory animals
  • Analysis of a published paper
  • Animal welfare
  • Nutrition of laboratory animals
  • Alternatives to animal experiments
  • Ethical aspects of animal experimentation
  • Euthanasia/humane endpoints 
  • Legislation
  • Behaviour, stress and well-being
  • Excursion (Central Animal Facility0
  • Examination
Course Committee
Mrs. prof. Ohl, PhD
H.J.M. Blom, PhD
H.A. van Lith, PhD
T.P. Rooymans, BSc
For more information...
... you may contact the secretariat of the Laboratory Animal Science Course.