Laboratory Animal Science

Laboratory Animal Science

Continuing education

This course teaches and trains you how to use laboratory animals in an optimal way in your research and how to perform this research in accordance with Belgian and European legislation. In addition, you will receive an overview of the different types of animal laboratory models and their alternatives.

Do you perform animal experiments as an experiment leader, do you actively work on animal experiments or are you responsible for the care for laboratory animals? Then this is (often) required training for you.

Programme info

This course meets the requirements for recognition as ‘Cat C Animal Experiment Leader’ as defined by the royal decree of 13 September 2004. This royal decree regulates the education and training of persons performing or participating in animal experiments, and those responsible for the care of laboratory animals.

Who can take this course?

The course is open to those who hold a Bachelor or Master degree in Life Sciences.

How is the programme structured?

The programme consists of a ‘Laboratory Animal Sciences’ curriculum (12 ECTS). The course is taught entirely in English.

The course covers the various topics that are mentioned in the royal decree of 13 September 2004, in-depth knowledge of which is required for recognition as an experiment leader. The course also covers the recommendations of FELASA as published in "Laboratory Animals 36(4): 373-377, 2002".

A section of the training covers general topics such as the history, law and ethics of animal experimentation, experimental set-up, application procedure. Another section of the course covers practical topics such as nutrition, housing and anaesthesia. The final section deals with the definition, validation, use and limitations of animal models. As such, relevant models for human diseases (toxicological, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and oncological, etc.) are also discussed.

During the practical sessions, you will be trained to handle, restrain and perform basic experimental procedures with rodent laboratory animals and zebrafish. Wherever possible, alternative methods will be suggested.

What types of training are offered?

The course consists of 60 hours of lectures, 20 hours of practical experience and 24 hours of seminars.

The lessons are held each week during the first five study weeks of Semester 1; each week day between 8.30 a.m. and 6 p.m. according to the course schedule.

The following methods are proposed: lectures, practical experience, reading assignments, revision lectures, presentations and group work.

What certificate will you receive?

If you complete this course successfully, you will receive the ‘Laboratory Animal Science for Scientists cat. C’ certificate (FELASA accredited).


This LAS course was the first in Belgium to be accredited by FELASA (the Federation of Laboratory Animal Science Associations).

This means that the quality of the programme is internationally recognised and is constantly monitored and evaluated. The successful completion of the course leads to a certificate from the University of Antwerp, via which you are more easily allowed to conduct laboratory animal experiments in countries other than the one in which you trained, i.e. Belgium.