Laboratory Animal Science at UCPH – University of Copenhagen

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The field of Laboratory Animal Science at the University of Copenhagen

Laboratory animal science is at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) placed at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, primarily at the Department of Veterinary Disease Biology and the Department of Experimental Medicine.

The departments offer teaching and training activities in laboratory animal science for both bachelor-, pre- and post-graduate students, as well as for technicians and caretakers trainees. More than 300 participants graduate each year from the courses formerly known as FELASA category C, now known as EU function A/B/D courses. Over the last 15 years a number of candidates from various parts of the world have graduated from the FELASA category D programme, which is one of only two programmes accredited by FELASA.  The University of Copenhagen is solely responsible for the education of veterinarians in Denmark and hence we have more than 250 years of experience with education and training of Veterinarians. Each year 36 students graduate with a DVM already on this level directed towards biomedicine and animal experimentation.

"Over the last 15 years a number of candidates from various parts of the world have graduated from the FELASA category D programme, which is one of only two programmes accredited by FELASA.

At the Department of Veterinary Disease Biology research in the field of Laboratory Animal Science is carried out at the Section of Experimental Animal Models. The Section of Experimental Animal Models is with its 7 research groups and approximately 80 employees one of the World’s largest research units focused on the improvement of animal research. In 2014 17 PhD’s specialized in animal research graduated from the section, which among other fields is globally recognized for their publications on the microbiological quality of laboratory rodents, and for their refinement approaches to animal models within fields such as life style diseases, inflammation and psychiatry. They are highly cited for their works on how the microbiome impacts variation and model expression, e.g. Hansen et al 2012  or Bangsgaard Bendtsen 2012. The Department of Experimental Medicine is especially recognized for their research in pain alleviation in laboratory animals, refinement of immunization and primate welfare. They have added substantially to animal welfare research by developing tools for the oral intake of buprenorphine, e.g. Goldkuhl et al, 2012.

"The Section of Experimental Animal Models is with its 7 research groups and approximately 80 employees one of the World’s largest research units focused on the improvement of animal research

The animal facilities are centrally organized with a common management and veterinary service under the Department of Experimental Medicine. Large complexes of stables and procedure facilities are situated at each of the three campuses, i.e. on the two central Copenhagen campuses, the Northern Campus, with the University Hospital, and the Frederiksberg campus with the School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as on the Tåstrup campus in the countryside outside Copenhagen, where also the University Hospital for Large Animals is situated. The University of Copenhagen houses a variety of animal species spanning from insects, fish, poultry and reptiles to rodents and larger animals, such as pigs, minks and cattle. The animal facilities offer veterinary consultation and assistance as well as technical assistance from animal caretakers to several hundreds of researchers. Scientists have the option to use advanced facilities for surgery, imaging, gene modification, and other techniques being important parts of animal research in the 21st century. Various strains of transgenic mice are produced in the two barrier protected rodent breeding units.

Both departments work in close collaboration with other academic institutes as well as the pharmaceutical industry around the world and in Denmark.

For more information on Laboratory Animal Science at UCPH please visit the homepage for the Section for Animal Models at the Department of Veterinary Disease Biology   and the Department of Experimental Medicine.