• Legal requirements
• Requirements for course participation
• Contents of the course
• Course material
• Course with accommodation
• Course dates 2018
• Cancellation Policy
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.
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)
Decision of November 26, 2014, in the Dutch Act on Animals used for scientific purposes (Laboratory Animal Decree 2014). In article 2, first paragraph, of the Decree, the requirement of article 23, second paragraph, of the EU Directive 2010/63/EU is implemented, persons carrying out the functions ‘designing procedures and projects’ shall have received instruction in a scientific discipline relevant to the work being undertaken and shall have species-specific knowledge.
This person has to complete an approved course on Laboratory Animal Science.
- An MSc degree in a biological or zootechnical discipline or taking part in a MSc program.
- 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. From September 2018 all participants will be tested on their knowledge concerning Anatomy/Zoology and Physiology before the start of the (basic) course. More information on this requirement on the Anatomy & Physiology test will be published in 2018. This requirement will be valid for all courses in The Netherlands from September 2018.
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).
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:
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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)
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.
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
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 and the species-specific course receive an adapted schedule.
Courses WITHOUT accommodation
- 9 – 20 April 2018; Basic course and species-specific course rodents and rabbit
- 1 – 12 October 2018; Basic course and species-specific course rodents and rabbit
- 3 - 14 December 2018; 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.
- Basic course: € 1.760
- Basic course and species-specific course rodents and rabbit: €2.025
- Basic course and species- specific course rodents and rabbit WITH accommodations: €3.870
- 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: €1.060
- Species-specific course rodents and rabbit: €370
Prices (incl. course material) from September 2018
- Basic course: € 1.815
- Basic course and species WITH accommodations: €3.870
- Basic course and species-specific course rodents and rabbit: €2.085
- Basic course and species- specific course rodents and rabbit WITH accommodations: €3.985
- Species-specific course rodents and rabbit: €730
Employees of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University:
- Basic course: € 950
- Basic course and species-specific course rodents and rabbit: €1.090
- Species-specific course rodents and rabbit: €380
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.
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.