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neu751 - Laboratory Animal Science
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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
Institute directory Department of Neurosciences
Applicability of the module
  • 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
Responsible persons
Köppl, Christine (Module responsibility)
Köppl, Christine (Authorized examiners)
Langemann, Ulrike (Authorized examiners)
Nolte, Arne (Authorized examiners)
Heyers, Dominik (Authorized examiners)
Ebbers, Lena (Authorized examiners)
Dedek, Karin (Authorized examiners)
Schmaljohann, Heiko (Authorized examiners)
Winklhofer, Michael (Authorized examiners)
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
Reader's advisory
"LAS interactive" internet-based learning platform 
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency semester break, every semester
Module capacity 10 (
Registration procedure / selection criteria: StudIP, sequence of registration
Modullevel / module level
Modulart / typ of module je nach Studiengang Pflicht oder Wahlpflicht
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
1 SoSe und WiSe 14
1 SoSe und WiSe 14
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