M-20E - Introductory Course in Laboratory Animal Science: "Non rodent" species

Learning objectives
and target audience

The course is primarily aimed at persons conducting animal experiments with animal species other than laboratory rodents and can be attended instead of module 1. In order to fulfill the legal requirements of 40 h training and be entitled to the certificate for “Persons conducting animal experiments”, each participant is expected to attend the lectures in general theory and 3 days of training related to the species of choice.

Criteria for the participation

Because live animals are used in this training, the participant must prove that they are going to undertake animal experiment in the near future. This is verified by our government agency. We therefore ask for the name of the study director and the license number in the registration form. It is also possible to select only the days of practical training to get official certificates of continuing education.


This course is recognized as basic education in Switzerland by the Federation of Swiss Cantonal Veterinary Officers (VSKT).
Insurance Insurance is responsibility of each participant.


The duration of the whole course is 5 half days of lectures (2.5 days) and 3 days practical training corresponding to the minimum of 40 hours required by the legislation. This course corresponds to the FELASA category B course but is not accredited.
Every participant can chose the species most convenient for him or her. Days that are dedicated to a particular species may also be booked separately as continuous education days. The species-specific course parts are organized at different places and include the following:

– Biology of the species or group of species and special
– Husbandry, capture, handling
– Identification, marking, fixation
– Diseases, indicators of disturbed welfare, euthanasia
– Anesthesia and analgesia
– Interventions and sampling methods
– Specific requirements concerning experimental design
– Behaviour, indicators of stress and pain
– Animal models

These contents may also be arranged as individual training in a tutorial system. The practical trainings are organized with the help of the Animal Welfare Officer of the University Zürich and the Responsible for Training and Education in Laboratory Animal Science of the ETH Zürich.

Theory days

In the frame of the regular Module 1 courses

practical course part

This part will complete the acquired principles of the lectures based on the species of interest.
NB for Aquatic
Animals: 2 fish days will be offered in Basel (Uni/FMI) - date to be announced

Remark: A additional course dedicated to wild animals is organized by the Zoology Department of the University of Lausanne


In line with the LTK module 1 concept, lectures on general theory will take place in the modules 1 (in Zürich, Basel or Bern)
Training on different groups of animals can be selected according to individual needs. These trainings may take place at various locations in Switzerland and will include practical work.

Certification and costs

Type of course Type of certification Affiliated with an University in Switzerland External, from an institution abroad or from industry
entire course (5 half days theory and 3 days practical training): 40 hours certificate to carry out animal experiment (only in combination with practical training) CHF 1'100.- CHF 1’500.-
Only practical training (per day) Certificate for continuing education Universities in Switzerland: CHF 270.- Industry, external person and institutions from abroad: CHF 340.-

Registration and Dates