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Course on Laboratory Animal Science

Course on Laboratory Animal Science, (ex. Art.9 Experiments on Animals Act)


This course is designed to train participants in accordance with the requirements of Article 9 of the Experiments on Animals Act. The course is compulsory for anyone involved in the design and implementation of laboratory animal testing .

The course is composed of a basic module and a species-specific module. The qualification earned is essential for those needing to determine independently how animal experiments should be conducted. The course is available to participants who have completed a Master’s degree in a relevant medical/biomedical area or hold an appointment as an MD/PhD student. In consultation with the participant, the species-specific module may be taken at another location. The species-specific modules for the most common animal species are routinely offered by the University of Groningen.


Basically, the course will be organised three times a year: in January, June and September.  There is a maximum of 40 course participants.

Course schedule 2019

  • 14 January - 1 February 2019
  • 13 May- 31 May 2019
  • 2 September- 20 September 2019

Enrollment form Animal Course 2019

Deadline for registration is 1 month prior to the start of the course.

Study load

4 European Credit points


The course will take 3 weeks. A number of lectures, workshops, practicals and a presentation are planned in week 1 and 2. Week 3 ends with a written exam.


The lectures will be given by several lecturers. The coordinator responsible for course content is Mrs van der Meulen-Frank, University of Groningen animal welfare officer, and a member of the Animal Welfare Body. For additional information and registration, please contact the Secretary of the Animal Welfare Body, Research building, wing 3218, Antonius Deusinglaan 1, 9713 AV Groningen, Huispostcode FA 29, tel: 050 – 361 6350, e-mail:


The laboratory animal science course covers the theory behind aspects of research involving laboratory animals, including legislation, the Central Committee for Animal Experiments (CCD), the Animal Experiment Committee (DEC) and the Animal Welfare Body (IvD), ethics, setting up projects and animal experiments, microbiological status and health monitoring, anaesthesia and pain management, surgery and peri-operative care, stress/wellbeing and behaviour, field research, pathology, housing and care, quality control, and biotechnology.

In addition, participants will acquire basic skills in handling and restraining a relevant animal species within a practical.

Previous education

The course is intended for PhD students, staff and Master’s students affiliated with the University of Groningen/UMCG who have a degree in a field of medical or biomedical science, such as Medicine, Biology, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Medical Biology or Pharmacy. The course is also open to external participants who meet the entry requirements.

Admission to the course for interested parties with a degree in another area (such as Chemistry or Biochemistry) will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the course coordinator. A proven satisfactory level of knowledge of the comparative anatomy and physiology of vertebrates is decisive here. Participants will sometimes be expected to study and examine supplementary study material before the course starts.

For participants with a non-EER* Masterdiploma the RUG has to request an exemption from the inspectorate NVWA. The judgement of the inspectorate is based upon your file of Bachelor and Masterdiploma and full program, both in the original language and in English. The course coordinator submits the request as an additional service to the course participants.

* EER = European Economical Environment (EU countries + Lichtenstein + Norway + Iceland)

Anatomy & Physiology entrance test for Laboratory Animal course

Participants of a Laboratory Animal Science basic course in the Netherlands must give proof of their knowledge on basic vertebrate Anatomy/Zoology and Physiology (equal to 200 study hours or 7.5 ECTS for each subject). The knowledge will be judged by means of a test (50 questions multiple-choice, 1,5 h duration, in English) that has to be passed succesfully before entering the course. Those participants that don’t pass can retest.

Starting from Sept 2018 all tests for course participants of the University of Groningen and UMCG and external course participants will be held at the Central animal facility (CDP) under the responsibility of the coordinator of the course.

The dates and items of Anatomy and Physiologie that will be testen tested can be found here.

The entrance test is performed in the CDP: route.

Course fees

The course fees is 375 euro.

Course book (must be purchased before the start of the course)

  • Dutch: ‘Handboek Proefdierkunde’, van Van Zutphen et al., 5e druk, 2003, Elsevier.
  • English: “Principles of Laboratory Animal Science”, Van Zutphen et al., revised edition 2001, Elsevier.
  • In addition, a syllabus with handouts will be provided.

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