For students attending the course Bioethics and Laboratory Animal Science course code 4BI115

The purpose of this course is to enable students to deal with ethical, legal and optimal care and use of laboratory animals and to develop their capacity to reason in bioethical issues in general and an ethical approach to animal research in particular. On completion of the course, students should be able to acquire adequate knowledge and basic skills to carry out procedures on laboratory rodents, and also introductory principles and concepts of experimental design and good scientific practice.


About the course

In this course we will use two different Canvas platforms: 1) Canvas (external) and Canvas (internal), and the course is divided into two separate parts:

Laboratory Animal Science (4.5 credits):

The course has a blended learning approach and includes e-learning modules, live webinars, interactive sessions, discussions, tutorials, group work and practical handling of mice and rats. At the end of the course, the objective is that students will be able to acquire initial knowledge in laboratory animal science; fundamental skills necessary to work with laboratory mice and rats, and key principles of experimental design and good scientific practice in animal research.

This course will be organized together with the students of the master of the Toxicology programme.

Bioethics (3 credits):

This part includes seminars with problem-based cases where a toolbox of bioethical concepts, principles and theories is introduced through a combination of readings and lectures. Individual bioethical reflections are written and discussed. Students identify value conflicts and ethical problems and coherently argue for and against them reflecting on their own and the others’ values and norms.


The agenda will be published shortly.


Course responsible department: Comparative Medicine

Rafael Frias

Course Director

Anne-Kristine Adeklev

Course Administrator
Content reviewer:
Komparativ Medicin