The Ethics, Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes - FELASA-accredited course

Date: starts Monday 13 May 2024
Time: Total course (40 hrs) 25 hrs theory (online & face-to-face lectures) + 15 hrs practical 
Practical (15 hours) dates: 12,13 and 14 June 2024, (8am to 5pm each day)
Practical Venue: University of Cape Town (UCT), Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)

Exam Date: Friday 14 June 2024

Entry requirements: Supervisory letter endorsing the candidate’s application for attendance and a copy of your ID or Passport. 

Course fee is R 16,456 per person (UCT staff/students are eligible for a discounted rate. Please enquire on application)

This specialised course is aimed at persons who perform procedures on, 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 committee members.

The main course objective is to present the basic principles 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.

Course content:

  • Animal ethics (moral philosophy; legislation; standards; UCT policies; reduction, refinement & replacement)
  • Animal welfare (welfare monitoring; humane endpoints; euthanasia; anaesthesia; analgesia; surgical principles)
  • Research quality (study design; model validity; calculating sample size; statistics; limiting confounding factors)
  • Biology & husbandry (behaviour; housing; enrichment; nutrition; anatomy; physiology; genetics; health status)
  • Ethical review (how to complete an Animal Ethics Committee application to ensure a rapid turn-around time)
  • Practical training (normal behaviour; welfare monitoring; rodent handling, restraint, injections & euthanasia)

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

Certificates from UCT and FELASA will be issued upon successful completion.

    To register, please send the following to

    1. Completed registration form
    2. Copy of ID
    3. Letter from your supervisor endorsing your application and confirming your work with animals

    Closing date for applications: Friday 26 April 2024. Limited space available.

    Only participants registered for the course will be eligible to attend.