Laboratory Animal Science Program Mission & Goals

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 8 areas:

  1. Principles of facility and laboratory management.
  2. Knowledge, application and enforcement of current laws and ethical codes of laboratory animals use in science.
  3. Basic physiology and pharmacology, including methods for safe and effective drug administration.
  4. Knowledge and provision of husbandry, nutrition and general care for laboratory animals.
  5. Knowledge, application and monitoring of safe and effective anesthesia and analgesia.
  6. Knowledge and training in routine surgical procedures and related equipment.
  7. Knowledge and training in routine research laboratory techniques.
  8. Knowledge and training in research design and data analysis.