LFKM10173 Laboratory Animal Maintenance, Breeding and Biology

Responsible DepartmentDepartment of Veterinary Disease Biology

Earliest Possible YearPost experience Master´s Programme
DurationOutside schedule
Credits6 (ECTS)
Level of CoursePost experience masters programme
ExaminationFinal Examination

oral examination

All aids allowed

Description of Examination: 48 hours before the examination all examinant get 8 subjects. Each participant prepare a 15 minute lecture on each of the subjects and will draw one subject to present on the examination day.

7-point scale, external examiner
Organisation of TeachingNovember 2011
Block PlacementOutside schedule
Week Structure: Outside schedule, Autumn 2011
Language of InstructionEnglish
Course Content
Laboratory animal genetics including gene modification and cloning; housing, economics and staff organisation in the lab animal facility; basic ethology, behaviour, learning and cognition of laboratory animals
Teaching and learning Methods
Lectures, practical and theoretical exercises
Learning Outcome
The course covers laboratory animal mainatenance, breeding and biology needed for qualification within animal experimentation on FELASA category D level

Having finished the course the student will have the following:

The student knows
- principles of laboratory animal maintenance, breeding, biology and genetics needed for qualification within animal experimentation on FELASA catgory D level
- techniques used for producing gene modified animals
- basic biology and behaviour of common laboratory rodents

The student can
- plan and run facilities for animal experimentation

The student can
-take responsibility for housing, feeding and breeding laboratory animals

Course Literature
Mouse embryonic development: http://genex.hgu.mrc.ac.uk/CDROM_online/
Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources, Commission on Life Sciences, National Research Council, National Academy Press,Washington, D.C. 1996 http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/labrats/contents.html
Rules for Nomenclature of Mouse and Rat Strains http://www.informatics.jax.org/mgihome/nomen/strains.shtml
Hedrich HJ & Bullock G: The Laboratory Mouse, Elsevier/Academic Press, 2004/2006, chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 18, 24, 25, 26, 28
Suckow MA, Weisbroth S, Franklin CL: The Laboratory Rat, Second Edition, Elsevier/Academic Press, 2005, chapters 8, 9, 10, 17, 22, 28, 29
Fox J, Anderson LC, Loew FM, Quimby FW: Laboratory Animal Medicine, Academic Press 2002, chapters 3, 4, 6, 9, 15, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28
Course Coordinator
Dorte Bratbo Sørensen, dobj@life.ku.dk, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology/Section for Biomedicine, Phone: 353-32724
Course Fee
DKK 15300,-
Study Board
Study Committee V
Work Load