Course: Animals in Research: Law, Policy, and Humane Sciences

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Course Description

Introduces students to the principles, laws, and policies that influence the use of animal and alternative, non-animal-based (humane sciences) research techniques in biomedical research.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the principles that govern the use of laboratory animals in research
  • Identify the steps by which biomedical research involving animals is reviewed by Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs)
  • Explain the guiding principles of humane science, including the "3Rs" - reduction, refinement, and replacement
  • Assess the ways in which the application of humane science principles in biomedical research can lead to more robust scientific methodology and results


Readings for sessions 1-5 are listed on the Readings page.

Course Requirements

Lectures: There are nine required lectures and three optional lectures in this course. Students are expected to read materials relevant to each lecture in addition to viewing the online presentation.

LiveTalk and BBS Discussions: The instructor will lead one online LiveTalk session for the purpose of answering questions, reviewing lectures, and discussing articles. Electronic bulletin board discussions are required as part of this course.

Assignment: A final paper and student presentations via LiveTalk.

Grading Policy

Students are expected to submit assignments on time. Additionally, every student is expected to participate actively in the LiveTalk sessions and BBS discussions. Grades will be computed as follows.

Participation: 40%

Paper and presentation: 60%