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neu751 - Laboratory Animal Science (Complete module description)
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Module label Laboratory Animal Science
Module code neu751
Credit points 3.0 KP
Workload 90 h
one week full-time in semester break + flexible time for stuying and exam preparation
1 SWS Lecture
total workload 45h: 2h contact / 20h background reading / 23h exam preparation
1 SWS Supervised exercise
total workload 45h: 35h contact / 10h background reading
Faculty/Institute Department of Neurosciences
Used in course of study
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Skills Modules
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Skills Modules
  • Master's Programme Molecular Biomedicine (Master) > Skills Modules
  • Master's Programme Neuroscience (Master) > Skills Modules
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Module responsibility
Authorized examiners
Entry requirements
Skills to be acquired in this module
++ Expt. Methods
+ Independent research
+ Scient. Literature
++ Social skills
++ Interdiscipl. knowlg.
+ Scientific English
++ Ethics

Upon successful completion of this course, students
• know the relevant EU legislation governing animal welfare and are able to explain its meaning
in common language
• understand and are able to critically discuss salient ethical concepts in animal experimentation,
such as the three Rs and humane endpoint.
• have basic knowledge of the biology and husbandry of laboratory animal species held at the
University of Oldenburg (rodents or birds or fish)
• are able to critically assess the needs and welfare of animals without compromising scientific
integrity of the investigation
• have practical skills in handling small rodents or birds or fish
• have profound knowledge of anaesthesia, analgesia and basic principles of surgery.
• have practised invasive procedures and euthanasia.
NOTE: These objectives aim to satisfy the requirements for EU directive A „Persons carrying out
animal experiments“ and EU directive D „Persons killing animals”. We aim to obtain
accreditation by the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FeLaSa) by 2018.
Module contents
Background knowledge is taught using the third-party online platform "LAS Interactive" which concludes with a written exam that has to be passed before the practical part. Topics covered are: • Legislation, ethics and the 3Rs • Scientific integrity • Data collection " • Basic biology of rodents, birds and fish • Husbandry, and nutrition of rodents, birds and fish • Animal Welfare • Health monitoring • Pain and distress • Euthanasia Practical procedures will first be demonstrated, important aspects will then be practiced under supervision by every partipant, on an animal model of their choice (rodents, birds or fish): • Handling and external examination • Administration of substances, blood sampling • Euthanasia and dissection • Transcardial perfusion • Anaesthesia and surgery
Reader's advisory
"LAS interactive" internet-based learning platform
Wolfensohn and Lloyd (2013) Handbook of Laboratory Animal Management and Welfare.
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency semester break, every semester
Module capacity 15 (
Registration procedure / selection criteria: StudIP, sequence of registration
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Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload attendance
Lecture 1.00 SuSe and WiSe 14 h
Exercises 1.00 SuSe and WiSe 14 h
Total time of attendance for the module 28 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
immediately before the practical part
written exam of 90 minutes