Species-specific Laboratory Animal Science course

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Objective
Competence
Legal requirements
Requirements for course participation
Qualifications
Cancellation Policy
Species-specific LAS courses in The Netherlands

Objective of the species-specific courses
The objective of these courses is to present basic and appropriate biology, care, health and management of animals, recognition of pain, suffering and distress in these animals and minimally invasive procedures without anaesthesia to be applied on these animals. This course meets the standards for the species-specific education and training requirements for persons designing projects and procedures for these specific animals.

Competence
For the function ‘designing procedures and projects’ the Dutch government requires qualification. On December 18, 2014 the new legislation regarding animal experimentation (Directive 2010/63/EC) was implemented. Due to this implementation the course on Laboratory Science has been adapted. The course contains of two parts, a basic course (Introduction to laboratory animal science) and a species specific course. The basic course certificate and, at least, one species specific certificate and a relevant master education will give the required qualification.

From August 1, 2015 you are not allowed to perform any procedure on animals, unless there is additional education. From now you are competent when you are skilled (competence profile, species and skill(s) stated).

After successful completion of the basic course and species specific course, you will be qualified to design procedures and projects and to execute simple procedures on these animals. Further skills have to be obtained by working under supervision until competence is demonstrated. Only then are you allowed to work with animals independently.

Learning outcomes are in accordance with “A working document on the development of a common education and training framework to fulfil the requirements under the Directive

Further information can also be found on the website of ETPLAS (Education and Training Platform for Laboratory Animal Science).

Legal requirements
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.

Requirements for course participation

  • 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.
  • If you have a basic LAS certificate from before September 2018 the above mentioned criteria do not apply.

Qualifications after following the course
To become qualified to carry out the function ‘designing procedures and projects’ according to the new Experiments on Animals Act researchers are required to have completed both a basic course on laboratory animal science and a species-specific course concerning the species the researcher plans to work with. For more information on the basic course, including the legal requirements and prior training, click here.

Cancellation Policy
If registration is cancelled:

  • 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 can contact the contact person of the species specific course.

SPECIES-SPECIFIC LAS-COURSES IN THE NETHERLANDS
University Utrecht, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine:

Species-specific LAS course on poultry and other birds (galliformes, passeriformes and columbiformes)
Location: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University Utrecht
Workload: 1.4 ECTS, 1 week (40 hrs)
Language: EN/NL
Contact and registration: lascourse-birds@uu.nl
Course dates: 

Prices (includes all course materials): €769.
For employees of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UU: contact lascourse-birds@uu.nl.
Further details regarding the course schedule and study guide.

Species-specific LAS course on rodents and rabbit
Location: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University Utrecht
Workload: 1.4 ECTS, 1 week (40 hrs)
Language: EN/NL
Contact and registration: las@uu.nl
Course dates:
The course on Laboratory Animal Science is composed of the basic course and the species-specific course rodents and rabbit. Participants who wish to complete the species-specific course on rodents and rabbit receive an adapted schedule. They only will be offered the modules of the species-specific course.

  • January 29 – February 9, 2018 (English)
  • February 19 – March 2, 2018 (Dutch)
  • April 9 - 20, 2018 (English)
  • June 4 - 15, 2018 (Dutch)
  • June 25 - July 6, 2018 (English)

Prices (includes all course materials): €710.
For employees of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UU: contact las@uu.nl.
Further details regarding the course schedule and study guide.

Species-specific course on pigs
Location:
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University Utrecht
Workload: 1.4 ECTS, 1 week (40 hrs)
Language: EN/NL
Contact and registration: A.vanNes@uu.nl
Course dates:

Prices (includes all course materials): €769,-
For employees of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UU: contact A.vanNes@uu.nl
Further details regarding the course schedule and study guide.

Species-specific course on carnivores (dog, cat, ferret)
Location: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University Utrecht
Workload: 1.4 ECTS, 1 week (40 hrs)
Language: EN/NL
Contact and registration: R.J.Corbee@uu.nl
Course dates:

Prices (includes all course materials): €750.
For employees of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UU: contact R.J.Corbee@uu.nl
Further details regarding the course schedule and study guide

Species-specific course on Ruminants  (including small ruminants as sheep and goat)
Location: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University Utrecht
Workload: 1.4 ECTS, 1 week (40 hrs)
Language: EN/NL
Contact and registration: G.A.Hooijer@uu.nl
Course dates twice a year, March, September:

  • March 19 - 23, 2018, deadline for subscription March 1, 2018.
    Minimum of participants is 2, maximum is 8 participants.

Prices (includes all course materials: €750,-
For employees of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UU: contact G.A.Hooijer@uu.nl​
Further details regarding the course: schedule and study guide.

Species-specific course on horses and donkeys
Location: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University Utrecht
Workload: 1.4 ECTS, 1 week (40 hrs)
Language: EN/NL
Contact and registration: J.P.A.M.vanLoon@uu.nl
Course dates:

  • On demand, for information J.P.A.M.vanLoon@uu.nl
    Minimum of participants is 4, maximum is 8 participants.

Prices (includes all course materials) and cancellation policy: €750,-
For employees of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UU: contact J.P.A.M.vanLoon@uu.nl
Further details regarding the course schedule and study guide.

OTHER COURSES IN THE NETHERLANDS

Species-specific course on birds
Location: KNAW
Workload:  0.6 ECTS,  2 days (16 hrs)
Language: EN/NL
Contact and registration: Nanneke.van.der.wal@knaw.nl
Course dates:

Prices (includes all course materials) and further details regarding the course read here. 

Species-specific course on fish
Location: KNAW
Workload:  0.6 ECTS,  2 days (16 hrs)
Language: EN/NL
Contact and registration: Nanneke.van.der.wal@knaw.nl
Course dates:

Prices (includes all course materials) and further details regarding the course read here.

Species-specific course on non-human primates KNAW
Location: KNAW
Workload: 0.6-0,7 ECTS, 2-2½ days (20 hrs)
Language: EN/NL
Contact and registration: Nanneke.van.der.wal@knaw.nl
Course dates:

Species-specific course on laboratory fish Wageningen
Location: WUR (Wageningen)
Workload:  0.6 ECTS,  2 days (16 hrs)
Language: EN/NL
Contact and registration: rob.steenmans@wur.nl
Course dates: