Laboratory Animal Science I
Reference DMBIOM01000024
Taught in First Master of Biomedical Sciences
Theory (A) 30.0
Exercises (B) 10.0
Training and projects (C) 0.0
Studytime (D) 150.0
Studypoints (E) 5
Credit contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Examination contract? This course can not be taken through this kind of contract
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Separate credit contract mandatory
Retake possible in case of permanent evaluation? Yes
Teaching Language Dutch
Lecturer Katleen Hermans
Department DI05
Co-lecturers Paul Simoens
Ann Van Soom
Ann Martens
Key Words

laboratory animal science, welfare, the 3 R principle

Position of the Course

The goal of this course is to provide the student with basic knowledge concerning the use of laboratory animals. The student should learn to know about the specificities of different animal species, e.g. concerning morphology, physiology, requirements for housing and nutrition, etc. Furthermore, the students should acknowledge the advantages and disadvantages of animal use and the importance of optimising laboratory animal welfare.


In several short sessions, topics such as morphology, physiology, reproduction, immunology, nutrition and diseases of laboratory animals are discussed, as well as some general topics such as pharmacology, medical imaging and anaesthesia. During practical sessions, some handling and experimental techniques used in laboratory animals will be illustrated. Alternative methods (without the use of laboratory animals) are used as much as possible for these purposes.

Starting Competences

Having insight in chemical and physiological processes as documented in the relevant courses of a bachelor program of the university scientific disciplines.

Final Competences

The final attainment level is to have knowledge and insight in the specificities of laboratory animals, mainly the small rodents. The student is aware of the fact that a thorough knowledge of an animal species is required before using this animal in a specific experiment. The student furthermore understands the sociological relevance and implications of the use of animals in experiments.

Teaching and Learning Material

The course material consists of the lecture notes. During the lectures, further information sources such as books and internet sites, are mentioned. The language of the course notes is English. The price of the notes will be about 25 euros.


Course Content-Related Study Coaching

Teaching Methods

Classroom lectures; Lab sessions;

Evaluation Moments

Evaluation during examination period

Evaluation Methods

During examination period: written closed-book exam

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