The course is offered as a block program. During the course, lectures and hands-on workshops alternate with demonstrations, videos and discussions. The multidisciplinary nature of the course requires the participation of lecturers from several disciplines. Specialists of other departments (e.g. pathology; legislation; alternatives) participate as lecturers. The staff is encouraged to prepare problem-based learning programs and to organize workshops for the discussion of these topics. The hands-on workshops deal with proper handling and restraining techniques for the common laboratory animal species.
The theoretical part of the course is covered by a multi-author textbook: L.F.M. van Zutphen, V. Baumans and A.C. Beynen (eds.), Principles of Laboratory Animal Science: A contribution to the humane use and care of animals and the quality of experimental results, Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam. This book will be available during the course. In addition, videos and interactive computer-based learning programs are being used to replace live animals.
Dr. S.S. Arndt, DASS, Utrecht University
Dr. H. Boleij, DASS, Utrecht University
Dr. J.E. Rofina, Pathology, Utrecht University
Drs. D. Weijers, Proefdiervrij
Dr. I. Tiebosch, animal welfare officer, Utrecht
Dr. P. van Loo, animal welfare officer, Utrecht
Dr. H. van Lith, DASS, Utrecht University
Dr. J. Nieuwland, DASS/Ethic Institute, Utrecht University
Dr. J. van der Valk, DASS, Utrecht University
Dr E. Langen, DASS, Utrecht University
Dr V. Goerlich, DASS, University Utrecht
Drs J. van Ravenswaaij, Animal protection Org.
Dr. K. Vaessen, veterinarian GDL, University Utrecht
The course will be concluded by a written exam in the week after the lectures.
Introductory course in Laboratory Animal Science for toxicologists not personally involved in animal experimentation.
Not all toxicologists will be actively performing animal experiments. However, basic knowledge of Laboratory Animal Science is generally required for toxicologists. Therefore, an introductory course in Laboratory Animal Science is a compulsory part of the PET program.
The PET offers a one-week introductory course organized by the Department of Animals in Science and Society (DASS) of Utrecht University tailored for candidates who expect not to become actively involved in animal experiments.
Those who expect to get actively involved in animal experiments should take the two-week course Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science. This course is part of the requirements of the Dutch Law on Animal Experimentation (article 9) and is exclusively offered by the Department of Animals in Science and Society of Utrecht University. Further details on this so-called ‘article 9 course’ can be found on the Department’s websites: