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Course on Laboratory Animal Science


Admission requirements

  • Only for students that participate in the master 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.


Period course:
30 September 2019 - 18 October 2019
25 November 2019 – 13 December 2019
20 January - 7 February 2020
2 March 2020 – 20 March 2020
25 May 2020 – 12 June 2020

During the course following subjects will be 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 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;

  • Approach to disease of laboratory animals;

  • 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 animals used for scientific purposes and for the quality of research.
The course has been recognised for the qualification of scientists who use animals for scientific purposes (in compliance with the Dutch Experiments on Animal Act [Wet op de dierproeven]) by the Dutch Competent Authority.
Under the Act, proven competency is a requirement before being allowed to work with animals. Therefore, the course consists of two parts: a basic (theoretical) and a species specific part. These combined provide the required qualification. The standard 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 an ethical review session.

Course load

Total course load is the amount of EC’s multiplied with 28 hours.

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 resit exam on the exam day of the following course. If the student fails the resit 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.


Blackboard will be used during this course.

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)


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