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Laboratory Animal Science (LAS)

LAS 303 - Laboratory Animal Science for fish-researchers

UiB offer a special-topic part with focus on fish as part of the education in Laboratory animal Science

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Laboratory Animal Science for fish-researchers - LAS 303 is a species specific part of the training for animal reserach

What is covered in LAS 303

Together with LAS 301 LAS 303 covers the species specific, theoretical part of the education for researchers that use animals in research based Mattilsynets demnads and the EU framework.

The following modules are included in LAS 303

  • Module 1 - Special regulations for holding and use of fish in Norway
  • Module 2 - Ethics
    • Paradoxes and inconsistencies on the use of aquatic animals
  • Module 3 Basic and appropriate biology
    • Focus on A.Salmon, Rainbow trout, Zebrafish and Medaka
  • Module 4 Animal care, health and management
    • Diet and nutrition
    • Diseases in fish
    • Welfare issues in fish studies
    • Environment, welfare, and behavior
    • Aquatic animal facility systems
    • Human health hazards in the aquatic facility
  • Module 5 Recognition of pain, suffering and distress
    • Defining endpoints and score sheet in fish research
  • Module 6 Humane methods of killing fish
    • Regulations and guidelines
  • Module 20/21 Anesthesia in fish
    • Pain and nociception in fish, (incl cognitive abilities in fish)
    • Special considerations for anesthesia of aquatic animals

Plan for the course

  • 10 days preparing by self-studying material on Canvas/mitt.uib
    • Texts to read, videodemonstrations and quizes/tests
  • Contact lectures (physical and on zoom)
  • Individual tests (online on mitt.uib)
  • Group work (online on mitt.uib)
  • Exam

For the spring semester 2023 you will find the course schedule in this link


*UiB students and PhD candidates must register on studentweb within regular semesterregistration deadlines

*students at other Norwegian institutions (universities and colleges) can apply to be a visiting student for these courses. You will find more information and application form on the Faculty infopage

*external participants will find more information on University of Bergen Continuing Education website (Norwegian only at the time)