The mission of the Laboratory Animal Science program is to provide the essential knowledge and skills to produce competent professionals in the laboratory animal field.

The program is designed to build a solid foundation for a successful career in laboratory animal science. The courses focus on essential aspects of laboratory animal science and animal facility management. The practicum provides the student with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to the actual practice of laboratory animal science.

The program goal is to provide multidisciplinary graduate level education and training in current technology to meet the ever-changing demands for technically sophisticated, humane and well-considered use of animals in biomedical research.

To accomplish these goals, the program focuses on the following eight areas:

  1. Knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology.
  2. Knowledge and provision of husbandry and general care for laboratory animals.
  3. Knowledge, application and enforcement of current laws and ethical codes of laboratory animal use in science.
  4. Knowledge of common diseases, and treatment of laboratory animals.
  5. Knowledge of routine surgical procedures and related equipment.
  6. Knowledge, application and monitoring of safe and effective anesthesia and analgesia.
  7. Knowledge of animal facility and laboratory management principals.
  8. Knowledge of routine research laboratory techniques, research design and data analysis.