Programme info

Micro-credential: Laboratory Animal Science - Rodents


Course content

PhD students, researchers, professionals, and post-graduate students often need knowledge, insights, and skills in how to care for and perform procedures on rodents in an optimal way in their research projects or to be able to provide accurate consults to clients. 

Working with laboratory animals is only possible when you have a valid certificate. Therefore this micro-credential gives an opportunity to obtain the correct competencies (related to EU Functions A and C) on rodents as laboratory animals.

Learning outcomes

This micro-credential focuses on the following learning outcomes.

1. The participant has an understanding of rodent behavior, care (including enrichment), biology (incl reproduction), and husbandry and the interplay between these elements.

2. The participant is able to approach, handle/pick up and restrain a rodent and return it to its cage/pen in a calm, confident and empathetic manner such that the animal is not distressed or caused harm.

3. The participant can describe the suitable routines, husbandry practices, environmental and housing conditions of rodents (including genetically modified animals), and how an animal facility is organized to assure these. The participant can describe the different biosafety levels and measures to assure a safe working environment for the people involved.

4. The participant can discriminate between the normal condition and behavior of rodents and one which is showing signs of pain, suffering or distress. The participant can apply the severity classification system, assess cumulative severity and use humane endpoints.

5. The participant knows the principles of humane killing. The participant can describe the different methods available, provide details on for which rodent species and ages these methods are suitable, and select the most appropriate method.

6. The participant can describe and select the most appropriate methods of handling, and restraint and can describe the techniques (and material needed) for injection, dosing, and sampling for rodents.

7. The participant can perform the most frequently used minimally invasive procedures (without the use of anesthesia) in rats and mice.

8. The participant can describe the use of anesthesia and the necessary equipment, and design an anesthetic regimen and pain alleviation protocol for frequently used rat and mice models.

Lecturers

Certificate

After completion of the course, you obtain a Function A and C (FELASA) certificate on rodents.