neu751 - Laboratory Animal Science (Complete module description)

neu751 - Laboratory Animal Science (Complete module description)

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Module label Laboratory Animal Science
Modulkürzel 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
Institute directory Department of Neurosciences
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • 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
Zuständige Personen
  • Köppl, Christine (module responsibility)
  • Köppl, Christine (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Langemann, Ulrike (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Nolte, Arne (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Heyers, Dominik (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Ebbers, Lena (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Dedek, Karin (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Schmaljohann, Heiko (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Winklhofer, Michael (Prüfungsberechtigt)
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”. 
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
"LAS interactive" internet-based learning platform 
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency semester break, every semester
Module capacity 20 (
Registration procedure / selection criteria: StudIP, sequence of registration
Type of module je nach Studiengang Pflicht oder Wahlpflicht
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 1 SoSe und WiSe 14
Exercises 1 SoSe und WiSe 14
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 28 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
immediately before the practical part
written exam of 90 minutes