Content

•    Objective
•    Competence
•    Requirements for course participation
•    Workload
•    Language
•    Contents of the course
•    Course material
•    Certificate(s)
•    Registration
•    Course with accommodation
•    Course dates 2017 and 2018
•    Prices
•    Cancellation Policy 

 

Objective
The objective of this 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 discussed 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.

 

Competence
For the function ‘designing procedures and projects’ the Dutch government requires competency. 
On December 18, 2014 the new legislation regarding animal experimentation was implemented. Due to this implementation the course on Laboratory Science has been adapted. The course consists of two parts, a basic course and a species-specific course. These two will give the required competence.
Per August 1, 2015 the competence is limited. You are not allowed to perform any act on animals, unless there is supplementary education. From now you are competent when you are skilled (competence profile, species and act(s) stated).
When you successfully complete the basic course with the integrated species-specific course rodents and rabbit you will be competent to design procedures and projects and to execute simple procedures on these animals.

For further information regarding European legal regulation click here.  

Further reading on this website of ETPLAS (Education and Training Platform for Laboratory Animal Science)

 

Requirements for course participation

• An 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. If your educational background does not cover this requirement you have to take an additional exam. You will receive information regarding this exam after registration for the course. 

 

Workload
The number of credits that can be obtained after successful completion of the course is 3 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). The length of the course is two weeks (fulltime, 09.00-17.30 hrs).

 

Language
English

 

Content of the course 
For the Study Guide basic course, the Study Guide basic course & species-specific course rodents & rabbits and the Study Guide species-specific course rodents & rabbits: see the following links:

BAS = basic course without species-specific course
BRR = basic course with rodents and rabbit
SSRR = species-specific rodents and rabbit
 

Course material
During the course the book Principles of laboratory animal science, revised edition, 2001, L.F.M. van Zutphen, V. Baumans and F. Ohl (eds.) (ISBN 13: 978-0-444-50612-2) will be used. Further material will be provided on a usb-stick. 

 

Certificate(s)
If the participant has met all legal requirements and has successfully passed the exam at the end of the course, the participant will receive the certificate(s). 
With these certificates you have to contact the Animal Welfare Body of your (future) employer to be registered as an art.9-researcher.

 

Registration
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 email to las@uu.nl or regular mail to: Department Animals in Science & Society, Course on Laboratory Animal Science, P.O. box 80.166, 3508 TD Utrecht, the Netherlands

•    Master students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences registered at Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience and cognition of Utrecht University should enroll in consultation with the Master Administration Office, e-mail infobms@umcutrecht.nl and by means of the separate registration form for Master students Biomedical Sciences.

•    Master students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences registered at Biological/Chemical/Pharmaceutical sciences of Utrecht University should enroll in consultation with their education administration, email: s.goubitz@uu.nl and by means of the by means of the separate application form for master-GSLS Faculty of Science.

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)

Pay attention!

Since you work with animals during the course on Laboratory Animal Science, we would like to remind you that it is wise to be vaccinated against tetanus.

Course 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 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.

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

Course dates 2017
The course on Laboratory Animal Sciences is composed of the basic course and the species-specific course rodents and rabbit. Participants who wish to complete the basic course receive an adapted schedule. They will only be offered the modules of the basic course. 

Courses WITHOUT accommodation

  • October 2 – 13, 2017: Basic course and species-specific course rodents and rabbit. The course is fully booked. We can put you on a waiting list.
  • December 4 – 15, 2017: Basic course and species-specific course rodents and rabbit 

Course dates 2018

The course on Laboratory Animal Sciences is composed of the basic course and the species-specific course rodents and rabbit. Participants who wish to complete the basic course receive an adapted schedule. They will only be offered the modules of the basic course.

Courses WITHOUT accommodation

29 January – 9 February 2018: Basic course and species-specific course rodents and rabbit

April 2018 precise date not known: Basic course and species-specific course rodents and rabbit

Course WITH accommodation

25 June – 6 July 2018: Basic course and species-specific course rodents and rabbit
 

Note: Courses will proceed if there are sufficient participants.
 

Prices (incl. course material)
•    Basic course: € 1760
•    Basic course and species-specific course rodents and rabbit: €2025
•    Basic course and species- specific course rodents and rabbit WITH accommodations: €3870
•    Species-specific course rodents and rabbit: €710

Employees of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University:
•    Basic course: € 920
•    Basic course and species-specific course rodents and rabbit: €1060
•    Species-specific course rodents and rabbit: €370

Payment has to be done through our webshop. All participants receive a link to this webshop. Payment can be finalized with Ideal (preferably) or credit card.
Exception: master students GSLS. For their participation we send an invoice to their master administration.
 

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.

For more information you may contact the Main Office of the Laboratory Animal Science Course.