|Module label||Laboratory Animal Science|
|Credit points||3.0 KP|
(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||
|Skills to be acquired in this module||
++ Expt. Methods
+ Independent research
+ Scient. Literature
++ Social skills
++ Interdiscipl. knowlg.
+ Scientific English
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.
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
"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)
|Modulart||je nach Studiengang Pflicht oder Wahlpflicht|
|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