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, facilities, regulations, research and ethics. 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 five areas:
- Mastery of the laboratory animal science field including: animal models, diseases, husbandry practices and methods, and animal care procedures.
- Command of interdisciplinary scientific knowledge including: biotechnology, biostatistics, and cryopreservation, which enables our graduates to respond to industry trends in laboratory animal science and related fields
- Application of scientific methodology to solve complex research problems received from industry or research institutions that may benefit from societal health needs.
- Compliance with current regulatory guidelines and ethics involved in animal care, facilities, and safe employment in the field
- Facility management and social competencies (critical thinking, team and communication abilities, intercultural experience, etc.) which prepare them for the challeges of employment, management, and leadership.