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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:

  • October 1 – October 19, 2012 (Dutch taught)

  • December 3 – December 19, 2012 (English taught)

  • February 25 – March 13, 2013 (Dutch taught)

  • May 13 – May 31, 2013 (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

The course is concluded by a written test (essay questions and multiple-choice questions) that must be passed to obtain the certificate (if other legal requirements are obtained).

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.