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Proefdierkunde/Laboratory Animal Science


Admission requirements

  • Bachelor Biomedical Sciences.

  • 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.


This 3-week course is given in the following periods:

  • September 30 – October 18, 2013 (Dutch taught)

  • December 2 – December 20, 2013 (English taught)

  • February 24 – March 14, 2014 (Dutch taught)

  • May 12 – May 28, 2014 (English taught)

During the course following subjects will be assessed:

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

  • Welfare and quality systems;

  • Behaviour, anatomy, physiology, and diseases of common and less common laboratory animal species;

  • Anesthesia, analgesia and humane endpoints;

  • Gnotobiology;

  • Husbandry, care and handling of the commonly used laboratory animals;

  • Genetics and genetical modifications;

  • Animal models;

  • Alternatives to animal experiments and statistics;

  • Points of view of animal protection organizations.

Course objectives

The course on laboratory animal science presents basic facts and principles that are essential for the humane use and care of laboratory animals and for the quality of research.
The course has been approved by the Dutch government for the qualification of scientists who use animals for experimental purposes (in compliance with the Dutch Experiments on Animal Act [Wet op de Dierproeven]).

Mode of instruction

Lectures and hands-on workshops, live demonstrations, a tour of the animal facilities and an ethical review session.

Assessment method

During the course a project is presented, evaluated and graded. The course is concluded by a written test (essay questions and multiple-choice questions) that must be passed. The grades for the evaluation and written test will be combined for the final grade. To obtain the certificate (if other legal requirements are obtained) the final grade should be 6 or higher.

Reading list

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

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


See blackboard for registration/enrolment of master’s modules. A lottery may be involved, which takes into account your personal wishes with respect to planning, to divide master students over the different courses throughout the year.