The veterinary profession is certainly one of the most responsible ones when it comes to the care, health and welfare of laboratory animals. Laboratory animals have enormous importance as models for predicting behavior, health, and disease in humans and animals. The education programmes offered today in the field of education for work with laboratory animals should be in line with Directive 2010/63/EU. Veterinarians with appropriate training and experience in laboratory animal medicine make important contributions to comparative medicine and biomedical science.
The objective of this study programme is to present basic facts and principles that are essential for the humane use and care of laboratory animals and for the quality of research. In this role, the program offers the acquisition of basic knowledge that includes legislation, anatomy, physiology and nutrition of laboratory animals (the emphasis is on the mouse and the rat), housing hygiene and welfare, laboratory animals as models in biomedical research, breeding and genetics, health management and pathology, the use of anesthetics and analgesics, appropriate surgical techniques and euthanasia and communication skills. The duration of the study programme is 2 semesters (1 year) and completion of the program brings 60 ECTS credits.