About the Course

Appropriate training in animal biology, experimental techniques and other relevant topics is a prerequisite for responsible conduct with animals in research. In Europe, the standard for such training is set by FELASA (Federation for European Laboratory Animal Science Assocations). To be considered competent to work with animals, a scientist should have a degree in a life sciences discipline and have participated in a basic course in Laboratory Animal Science.

This course follows the recommendations of FELASA for laboratory animal science training for scientists (Category C). The course combines theory (lectures, self-study) with practical exercises and group assignments. Focus is on how to design, plan and carry out experiments to minimize animal harm.

We organize this 80-h course either over 2 subsequent weeks or as modules of 3-5 days over one month.

This course will give you the necessary training to obtain a permit to work with animals in most European countries. To get the actual permit, you need to apply to the competent authority. In Portugal, permits are handled by Direcção Geral de Veterinária.

Attending this course is a first step to meet the challenge of doing good research with animals in a responsible way. But laboratory animal science is a developing discipline, and what is best practice today may not be so in five years. For regular updates about current best practice, we recommend that you attend congresses and workshops in laboratory animal science. The easiest way to keep informed about such events is to join a FELASA member association, such as Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências em Animais de Laboratório.

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