The University of Cape Town's Core Research Animal Facility and Veterinary Scientific Services hosts its biannual

Introductory Course in Laboratory Animal Science, the ethics, care and use of animals for scientific purposes.

Total course (40 hrs): 25 hours theory + 15 hours practical
Online Theory (18 hours) start date: 13 May 2024
Face-to-face Lectures (7 hours) & Practicals (15 hours) dates: 12, 13 & 14 June 2024
Venue: Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), University of Cape Town (UCT)


This highly specialised course is aimed at persons who carry out procedures, care for, or euthanase animals for scientific purposes including for research, testing or teaching at UCT and in Africa. The course is broadly attended by scientists who conduct and design animal studies and teaching activities, veterinary and para-veterinary professionals and animal ethics committees. 

The main course objective is to present the basic principles and facts that underlie the responsible and ethical care and use of animals for scientific purposes. Most of the lectures and principles are applicable across animal species. The practical sessions and some lectures focus on mice and rats. 

The course is formally accredited by the following quality-assurance bodies: 

  • Animal Research Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT. Successful course completion is required for all new FHS animal workers 

  • South African Veterinary Council (SAVC)*: 35 Structured CPD points for SAVC-registered professionals and authorised researchers [AC/2133/19] *minimum attendance requirements

  • Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) formally accredited course for mice and rats, EU Functions A&C [F069/19] 

To register or for more information email