2023-2024 / SBIM0486-2

Experimental methodologies in living animals


25h Th, 10h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in biomedicine (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in biochemistry and molecular and cell biology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Pierre Drion

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The use of laboratory animals as a way to perform research needs to be supported by a complete program explaining to the students the "how " and the "why".

The aim of this teaching is to prepare the students to think about various techniques they could use on lab. animals, taking into account their specificity and applying then a scientific approach as well as a complete respect of the animal welfare.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

This course addresses a critical need (and also legal) for students in biomedical knowledge about the living and the implementation of experimental techniques in laboratory animals.
Ahead of the legal training of 90 hours every researcher should follow in this context, this course will focus on concepts related to the use of animals in research. The goal is to enable students to apply knowledge rigorously respecting the animal.
It allows except legal reserves from the FPS Public Health, students in SBIM, right out of the Master 1, especially in combination with the ethics course (Bac 3) to work immediately (under the supervision of a Master of Experiment) on laboratory animals as animal Biotechnician.
An additional legal training should be followed to obtain the title of Master of Experience.

Chapter I: History and nomenclature of lab animals
Chapter II: The lab animals
Chapter III: The autopsy and dissection
Chapter IV: Physiology of laboratory animals
Chapter V: Pathology of Laboratory Animal
Chapter VI: Basic techniques
Chapter VII: Additional Techniques
Chapter VIII: The anesthetized animals
Chapter IX: The analgesia in laboratory animals
Chapter X: The euthanasia of animals
Chapter XI: Surgical techniques in laboratory animals

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

They relate to the implementation of teaching content. They take place in group or individual sessions, in the laboratories or in the Service. Students could also follow special surgeries or techniques performed in the department. In small groups, students could also take part in quarterly inspections of decentralized animal facilities.

Attendance at practical work is compulsory, as stipulated by legislation concerning laboratory animals.

As the course is divided into two sections, Biomedical Sciences students could have the opportunity to follow Chapter XII of SBIM0486-3, which is an introduction to the concept of radioactivity. It defines the types of emissions, the ionizing effects of radiation and the associated risks. It also presents the means of protection and detection. All these concepts are illustrated by various examples. Applications in medical imaging are also covered.


Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

All the slides are available on the MyULg site of the ULg

Recommended or required readings

All the slides are available on the MyULgsite of the ULg . Assistance to the lessons is required.

The examination consists of open questions and QCM ones. The list of Q will be distributed along the years but is non exhaustive.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

will be exposed at the first lesson, please contact the prof if needed



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