This selective is an introduction to the use of animals in biomedical research and the role of the laboratory animal veterinarian.
In the first half of the course, presentations from experts in the field cover regulatory control of research animal use, the role of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, animal models in biomedical research, and ethical use of animals. A laboratory animal anatomy module includes three dissection labs devoted to anatomy of rodents, lagomorphs, hamsters, ferrets, and gerbils. The second half of the course is focused on care of research animals and design of research animal facilities.
The class will tour a barrier rodent housing facility, a rodent facility using robotic technology, and a primate facility. Students are expected to attend all classes, labs, and tours. They will be required to write one analysis paper on research animal ethical cases and to work in groups to create a design for a multi-species research animal facility.
The class holds a mock Animal Care and Use Committee meeting. This class serves as an introduction and required pre-requisite for admission to the Masters in Laboratory Animal Medicine combined degree program at the Cummings School. Students who do not wish to enroll in the masters program are welcome to take the class as a 1 credit selective.