How can I register for a course? Is it possible to pre-register a person?
You can register for the LTK modules on the LTK website: http://www.ltk.uzh.ch (Teaching and training). After the registration, the LTK/ETH team will get in contact with the registered person. If a course is booked out, additional participants will be waitlisted and/or alternative course will be proposed. Pre-registration of future team members like new employees or master students is accepted; these persons must be registered under the name of their supervisor (and their personal data should be forwarded to the course organizer later).
How to deal with master students or short-term members of a team?
In general, master students must work under the same conditions as other in-vivo experimenters: before they are allowed to work with experimental animals, they need to attend Module 1 (rodent work) or Module 20 (non-rodent work) irrespective of how long they have been part of the group. Exceptions from this rule can be made by the cantonal vet authorities; however, this is always a single case decision by the vet office and must be brought to their attention. Apart from that, forward-looking scheduling and pre-registration of future team members is recommended.
By when do I receive my certificate?
After completion of the entire course, a pdf-file containing the certificate is sent to the participant by email. In case of exams, the certificate is sent after correction of the test. Usually this happens within 2 – 3 weeks.
Laboratory animal science course in Switzerland: participants’ points of view and implications for organizers
Switzerland has implemented a mandatory training in laboratory animal science since 1999; however a com- prehensive assessment of its effects has never been undertaken so far. The results from the analysis of participants in the Swiss Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) Category B compulsory courses in laboratory animal science run in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 showed that the par- ticipants fully appreciated all elements of the course. The use of live animals during the course was supported and explained by six arguments characterized with cognitive, emotional and forward-looking factors. A large majority considered that the 3R (replacement, reduction and refinement) principles were adequately applied during the course. Responses to an open question offered some ideas for improvements. This overall positive picture, however, revealed divergent answers from different subpopulations in our sample (for example, scientists with more hindsight, scientists trained in biology, or participants from Asian countries).