The course aims to prepare researchers for the appropriate use of animals in scientific experiments. This two-week theoretical and practical course will, in general terms, cover the biology and husbandry of laboratory animals, aspects of microbiology and disease, health hazards and safe practices in the animal house, the design and conduct of animal experiments, anaesthesia, analgesia and experimental procedures, as well as the ethical and legal aspects of animal experimentation and alternatives to animal use.
The full course programme follows the
European Commission recommendations for the Education and training framework, covering training modules required for persons of all
functions a), b) c) and d), as stated in Article 23 of Directive 2010/63/EU (including national legislation) or in
Artigo 31º of Decreto-Lei 113/2013 of 7th August. Additional training on husbandry and principles of surgery is also included.
It is also possible to attend only the first week of the course, including training modules required for
functions a), c) and d) mentioned above.
Researchers that have already attended a full Laboratory Animal Science course abroad can register exclusively
for module 1 - National Legislation.
Participants should have a BSc to attend the course, preferably in biological, health sciences or related areas. The course is designed for researchers initiating (directing or just carrying out) projects encompassing laboratory animal experimentation.
This course does not provide credentials for the exercise of medicine for those without appropriate training, recognition and registered at the "Ordem dos Médicos".
Alice Miranda and
Margarida Correia-NevesLife and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), School of Medicine, University of Minho, Braga, PortugalICVS/3B's - PT Government Associate Laboratory, Braga/Guimarães, Portugal
We have followed the
European Commission recommendations for the Education and training framework for training persons to perform functions a), b), c) and d), according to Directive 2010/63/EU, to build the course programme, including additional modules for a more complete training in Laboratory Animal Science.
Below is the detailed modular content of the course programme:
The classes will be held from
February 14th to 25th, 2022.
Click here to download the detailed programme.
For the students enrolled in the MSc and PhD programs of the School of Medicine the course includes 4 additional weeks for practical training under supervision.
The course bibliography includes several materials indicated by the course organizers and lecturers, such as Laboratory Animal Science Books, peer reviewed articles published in scientific journals, relevant website links and videos.
For students attending the full course the evaluation
covers the following components: knowledge, competencies/skills and
behaviour/attitudes. The assessment process includes continuous assessment.
Final grades obtained from continuous evaluation results from the grades
obtained in the following elements: 1) Analysis of a publication (knowledge
component); 2) Preparation, presentation and discussion of an experimental
protocol (knowledge and competences/skills component); 3) Laboratory
internship dealing with issues related to the use of animals in experimental
work; the grade is based on the quality of the work performed during the 4
weeks, presence and involvement in the feed-back sessions throughout the
internship, and on written report, identifying strengths and points to be
corrected in the animal house and experiments using animals (knowledge and
competences/skills component); 4) Written test (knowledge component); 5)
Active and relevant participation (behaviour/attitudes).
For students attending only modules 1, 2, 3.1, 3.2, 4, 5, 6.1, 6.2, 7 and 8
- preparing them for functions a) and d) (Article 23 of Directive
2010/63/EU) - covers the following components: knowledge,
competencies/skills and attitudes. The assessment process includes
continuous assessment. Final grades obtained from continuous evaluation
results from the grades obtained in the following elements: 1) Written test
(knowledge component); 2) Active and relevant participation (behaviour/attitudes).
Students attending only module 1 - National Legislation – will be evaluated
with a written exam focused on this module content.
To receive a final full certificate, the students should attend all
modules of the course.