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Course on Laboratory Animal Science


Admission requirements

  • Only for students enrolled as master student Biomedical Sciences!

  • Sufficient 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.


Period course:
28 September 2020 - 16 October 2020
23 November 2020 – 11 December 2020
8 March 2021 – 26 March 2021
31 May 2021 – 18 June 2021

During the course, the following subjects will be discussed and assessed:

  • Legal and ethical frameworks for the use of laboratory animals;

  • Literature search and systematic review;

  • Welfare and quality systems;

  • • Behaviour, anatomy, physiology, and diseases of laboratory rodents;

  • Anesthesia, analgesia and humane endpoints;

  • Gnotobiology;

  • Husbandry, care and handling of laboratory rodents;

  • Genetics and genetical modifications;

  • Animal models;

  • Approach to disease of laboratory rodents;

  • Alternatives to animal experiments and statistics;

  • Points of view of animal protection organisations.

Course objectives

The course on laboratory animal science presents basic facts and principles that are essential for the humane use and care of animals used for scientific purposes and for the quality of research.
The course has been recognised for the qualification of scientists who wish to use animals for scientific purposes (in compliance with the Dutch Experiments on Animal Act [Wet op de dierproeven]) by the Dutch Competent Authority (Functions A and B). The Course has been accredited by the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA; with accreditation number: 042/13F.
Under the Act, the course consists of two parts: a basic (theoretical) and a species specific part. These combined provide the required qualification. However, they do not lead up to achieving competence. Training for competence is only possible after successful completion of this course.
This course contains the species-specific module for mouse and rat. Contact the course administration for information at


All course and group schedules are published on our LUMC scheduling website or on the LUMC scheduling app.

Mode of instruction

Lectures and hands-on workshops, live demonstrations, a tour of the animal facilities and a practical assignment in groups.

Assessment method

The course is concluded with a written exam (essay questions and multiple-choice questions). The practical assignment is assessed during group sessions and a plenary presentation. The grades for the written exam and the practical assignment will be combined for the final grade in a ratio of 70/30. A certificate is only issued when the written exam result is 6 or higher and the combined result is 6 or higher.

Resit exam/test
Students may take the course once per academic year with an exam at the end of the course and, if necessary, one re-exam on the exam day of the following course. If the student fails the re-exam, the student is advised to follow the course again before retaking the exam. Only resit exam registrations made via DOO (via will be accepted. The deadline is 10 working days before the start of the scheduled Laboratory Animal Science course.

The exam dates can be found on the schedule website.

Reading list

  • L.F.M. van Zutphen, V. Baumans, A.C. Beijnen – Handboek Proefdierkunde. Elsevier gezondheidszorg (5e druk) (English course)

  • L.F.M. van Zutphen, V. Baumans, A.C. Beijnen – Principles of Laboratory Animal Science. Elsevier Ltd (Revised edition, 2001) (English course)


Registration for FOS courses, H2W, Scientific Conduct, How to start, Course on Animal Science , and CRiP and Adv concepts courses takes place in lottery rounds in the beginning of July. After the lottery rounds: if you want to register for a course you are kindly asked to contact the student administration at