Zoology including principles of laboratory animal science

Course Code :1030FBDFAR
Study domain:Biology
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:35
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Peter Aerts
Wim Martinet

3. Course contents *


This course offers an overview of the biodiversity and the process of biological evolution. Model organisms of biomedical sciences (C. elegans, Drosophila, Mus musculus) are used to study the internal and external structures. The embryology of mammals, with a focus on humans, will be discussed. During the classes laboratory animal science, the use and ethics of laboratory animals are clarified. Several experimental techniques such as housing, marking and immobilizing of laboratory animals, anesthesia, administration of candidate drugs, isolation of blood and urine as well as the possibilities of euthanasia are reviewed. Alternative models such as zebrafish embryos are mentioned as a replacement of mammals. During practical classes, some phyla important in an pharmaceutical context are illustrated: the identification of a flea versus a louse, hymenoptera and tick. The specifications of a mammal and the aspects of laboratory animal science are illustrated by the dissection of a mouse.