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Swedish title Svensk lagstiftning och etik gällande försöksdjur
English title Swedish Law and Ethics on the Protection of Laboratory Animals
Course number 3161
Credits 1.0
Notes A Laboratory Animal Science course.

Responsible KI department Comparative medicine
Specific entry requirements To have completed a Function A (B, C or D), or an equivalent course, in another EU country.
Grading Passed /Not passed
Established by The Board of Doctoral Education
Established 2018-09-24
Purpose of the course The course is aimed at persons who have formally received education and training in laboratory animal science elsewhere in another EU country, and who plan to carry out procedures (Function A), to design procedures or projects involving animals (Function B), to take care of laboratory animals (Function C), or to kill laboratory animals (Function D) in Sweden. The course is designed to meet the learning outcomes specified in the EU Education and Training Framework to fulfil the legal demands for the EU modules 1 (Legislation) and EU modules 2 (Ethics, Animal Welfare and the 3Rs) as set out by the Directive 2010/63/EU and by the Swedish legislation L150 (SJVFS 2017:40). Additionally, species-specific practical training and/or assessments for EU modules 3.2, 6.2 and 8 will be provided for those without appropriate training records on handling, restraint, humane killing and performance of minor procedures on animals.
Intended learning outcomes After completion of this course, the students should be able to meet the defined learning outcomes as set out in the EU Education and Training Framework, specifically for the modules 1 to 2, and for 3.2, 6.2 and 8. Such modules require both theoretical knowledge, and acquisition and demonstration of practical skills to carry out minor procedures on animals. The list of suggested learning outcomes by such guidelines is comprehensive, but in summary, participants will acquire the knowledge and skills to carry out minor procedures on research animals safely and humanely. In particular, at the end of the course participants should be able to:

1. Indicate key principles of the EU and Swedish legislation regarding the use of animals in science.
2. Understand ethical and welfare issues in relation to the use of animals in scientific procedures, including basic principles of the 3Rs (replacement, reduction, and refinement).
3. Be able to approach, handle/pick up and restrain an animal according to good practice.
4. Know how to carry out minor procedures on animals such as injecting, dosing and sampling, including humane killing.
Contents of the course The course provides education and training to individuals who, during their research work with animals, will need to perform minor procedures on research animals (rodents, lagomorphs, fish, cyclostomes, aquatic amphibians, swine, or non-human primates). The course contents are based on the EU Education and Training Framework and includes:
- Legislation affecting animal research.
- Ethics, animal welfare and the 3Rs.
- Species-specific humane methods killing (skills).
- Species-specific handling, restraint and minor procedures on animals (skills).
Teaching and learning activities The course will adopt a blended learning approach that combines web-based learning and hands-on practical training and/or assessments. Laboratory practical sessions are aimed at ensuring or enabling the trainee to attain a level of proficiency that would eventually allow the student to work under supervision.
Compulsory elements All parts of the e-learning modules, including the examination of the theoretical parts must be successfully completed before starting the hands-on training.
Examination An exam containing short answer questions and/or multiple choice questions will be used to assess theoretical knowledge. Practical skills are assessed during the laboratory session using direct observation of practical skills.
Literature and other teaching material E-learning material is available online at Ping Pong. As the key reference material, the students are referred to:

1. EU legislation on the Protection of Animals Used in Science (2010). Directive 2010/63/EU.
2. Swedish legislation on the Protection of Animals Used in Science (2018). L150, SJVFS 2017:40.
3. European Commission (2014). National competent authorities for the implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. A working document on the development of a common education and training framework to fulfil the requirements under the Directive. Brussels, 19-20 February 2014.
4. Handbook of Laboratory Animal Science: Essential Principles and Practices. Hau, Jann; Schapiro, Steven Jay 3. ed.: Boca Raton: CRC Press, cop. 2011 - 723 s. ISBN:978-1-4200-8455-9 (vol.1) LIBRIS-ID:12096142
5. Lab Animal Welfare.
6. Lab Animal Euthanasia.
Course responsible Rafael Frias
Comparative medicine

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