The online Master of Laboratory Animal Science program is designed for individuals who may be currently working within the field of laboratory animal science, those seeking career advancement or those looking for opportunities in research laboratories but who do not want to relocate to attend a traditional master’s program.

The program has a total of 31 credits in 5 semesters over 2 years.


 Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

Semester One

 MLAS 513 Comparative Anatomy & Physiology 4
 MLAS 514 Applied Biostatistics & Research Design 3

Semester Two

 MLAS 504 Diseases of Lab Animals I 3
 MLAS 502 Laboratory Animal Husbandry, Care & Ethics 3
 MLAS 503 Journal Club 1

Semester Three

 MLAS 506 Anesthesia & Surgery 2
 MLAS 508 Internship 2

 Semester Four

 MLAS 511 Facility Management 3
 MLAS 505 Diseases of Lab Animals II 3

 Semester Five

 MLAS 509 Biotechnology & Diagnostic Techniques 3
 MLAS 512 Graduate Seminar 2
 MLAS 515

Laboratory Animal Behavior and Behavioral Management

 MLAS 516





Comparative Anatomy & Physiology

(4 Credits)

This course will cover anatomy and physiology of laboratory animals including study of body systems such as skeletal, muscular, circulatory, digestive, nervous, respiratory, reproductive and special sense organs and principles of diseases.

Applied Biostatistics & Research Design

(3 Credits)

This course will cover the fundamentals of research design, including the use of literature search, the formulation of testable hypotheses, selection of the appropriate methodology and statistics to evaluate these hypotheses and the generation and interpretation of experimental outcomes. Students will learn to critique published studies, as well as to create and evaluate their own studies and protocols.

Laboratory Animal Husbandry, Care & Ethics

(3 Credits)

This course will discuss husbandry practices, proper nutrition and enrichment requirements for different species; environmental parameters, such as proper housing, temperatures, humidity and lighting. Humane handling, restraint and overall well-being of laboratory animals will also be covered.

Journal Club

(1 Credit)

This course will review the selected publications in related fields such as animal models in research, new technologies, etc.

Diseases of Laboratory Animals I & II

(3 & 3 Credits)

These courses will cover the biology, husbandry, diseases, pathology, treatments and main research uses of main laboratory animal species. 

Anesthesia & Surgery

(2 Credits)

This course will review techniques and procedures used in surgery and anesthesia, including instruments and equipment preparation and identification, handling of instruments and supplies during surgery, anesthesia induction and monitoring, post-surgical care, clean up and surgical record keeping.


(2 Credits)

During this course, students will have hands-on experience on various aspects and techniques and on multiple laboratory animal species. This course is for one week (40 hours) on the EVMS campus in Norfolk, VA.

Facility Management

(3 Credits)

This course provides both technical and Non-technical skills necessary for the successful laboratory animal facility managers such as; understanding of facility equipment, personnel management and scheduling, supply procurement, space allocation, animal production management, communication with researchers and senior management, conflict resolution, hiring and firing, critical thinking, problem solving, negotiation, finance/budgeting and vendor management skills.

Biotechnology & Diagnostic Techniques

(3 Credits)

This course will cover various topics such as molecular analysis and detection systems including ELISA, PCR and real time PCR, basics of cell culture, laboratory blood, urine processing and basics of imaging techniques such as ultrasound, etc.  

Graduate Seminar

(2 Credits)

During this course students will be assigned to one topic of interest which will be presented to the whole group. Students will review the recent publications in their assigned topic and with recommendation and suggestions of their selected expert mentors, will prepare and present their presentation. 

Laboratory Animal Behavior and Behavioral Management

(1 Credit)

This course will provide students with behavioral biology of species commonly used in laboratories. The course will also cover behavioral management, including enrichment and positive reinforcement training and will introduce students to some behavioral tests utilized to model human behavior. 


(1 Credit)

Cell freezing is now a well-established laboratory activity in both clinical and research facilities. This course is designed to teach technically complex process of cryopreservation by explaining the procedure of cryopreservation (freezing) of cells.


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