The Laboratory Animal Sciences course is organized as an intensive course during the 3rd semester. This course leads to an additional Felasa C certificate .
This course is offered by the department of Veterinary sciences and Biomedical sciences.
Coordinator: Chris Van Ginneken
Lecturers: Chris Van Ginneken, Peter De Deyn, Debby Van Dam
Goal and content
The course aims at teaching the students how to make optimal and scientifically founded use of animals in biomedical research and how this kind of research is conducted in accordance with Belgian and European legislation. The necessary practical skills will be taught. In addition and overview of various kinds of animal models and alternatives will be given and some of them will be discussed in detail.
This course covers the various topics that are mentioned in the KB 13/09/2004 and which are necessary to obtain a certificate that is comparable with a Felasa C degree. In short, various lectures address more general topics such as history of animal experimentation and legislation, ethics, law, other deal with vary 'practical' subjects such as nutrition, housing, anaesthesia, ... . In the last part the definition, validity, use and restrictions of various animal models will be addressed. Representative models for (toxicological, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, oncologic etc) human diseases will be discussed. During the practical sessions, the students learn how to handle various lab animals and learn how the perform simple experimental techniques. When possible, alternative methods will be used.
Prerequisite knowledge: Relevant BA.
Teaching method: general lectures by instructors; feed-back sessions; practical’s and demonstrations.
Place/time/frequency: intensive course 3rd semester
Assessment: oral examination after written preparation, continuous assessment of practical’s and presentation of case study.
Literature: reader and handouts of the presentations.