M-1E - Introductory Course in Laboratory Animal Science - Rodents

Learning objectives, form, scope

This education gives expertise and practical skills for a responsible and gentle handling of laboratory animals (according to the Swiss legislation). In this course you will learn the handling and the techniques in laboratory rodent (mouse and rat). This introductory course takes a total of 40 hours and is divided in a theoretical and practical part of about 20 hours each. Training concept: the limited number of hours gives no extensive knowledge and routine in the execution of the learned techniques. The participants need to be made aware about the animal welfare aspects before, during and after the experiment in order to use these in the everyday laboratory work. Acquired skills and practical competence will be evaluated.


This course is provided in English or German languages


Theoretical part:
- Ethics and legislation
- Anaesthesia and pain alleviation
- Nutrition, transport and husbandry - Biostatistics
- Surgery
- Health
- Breeding
- Transgenic techniques
- Pain assessment and Humane Endpoints
- 3R und alternative methods

Practical part:
- Handling with mice and rats
- Restraining methods
- Applications
- Observation of normal behavior
- Behavioral abnormalities
- Anaesthesia (Inhalation / Injection)
- Collection of samples (blood)
- Surgery (introduction)
- Identification
- Euthanasia

Accreditation and recognition

This course is officially recognized by the Federation of Swiss Cantonal Veterinary Officers (VSKT) as basic course in LAS and is also accredited by the FELASA (Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations) according to the functions of the EU Directive (functions A, C, D and modules 10, 20, 21).

Criteria for the participation

Because of the use of live animals in this training, the participant must be involved in the near future in animal experimentation. In order to give the possibility to the authorities to check this, we ask for the name of the study director and the license number in the registration form.
Insurance Insurance is responsibility of each participant

Course fees

Universities in Switzerland: CHF: 1'100.-

Industry, external person and Institutions from abroad: CHF 1'500.-

Registration and Dates