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University of Rhode Island — Animal & Veterinary Science
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AVS 365 - Laboratory Animal Technology
Course Information

Professor: Dr. Darlene Jones
Semester: Fall
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: BIO 101.

Catalog Description: Management of laboratory animals with emphasis on animal biology, breeding, care, health, research use, and animal welfare.

Course Goals & Outcomes

By the end of the semester, students will have gained:

  • An understanding of laboratory animal science and important concepts and principles
  • Practical experience in dissection, handling, restraint and other laboratory techniques
Course Syllabus

Class Topics

  • Introduction to Laboratory Animal Care
  • Scientific Fundamentals
  • Breeding and Husbandry
  • Species Specific Information
  • Animal Health
  • Research Techniques
  • Miscellaneous Laboratory Animals

Grades will be based on the following criteria:

  • Exam
  • Lab Practical
  • Final exam
About The Professor

Darlene Jones, DVM
Lecturer, Animal Science
University of Rhode Island
Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science
25 Woodward Hall
Kingston, RI 02881
Office: (401)874-4623
Fax: (401)874-7575

Dr. Jones has recently joined the Department of Animal Science as a full-time lecturer. Prior to coming to the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Jones owned a mobile veterinary practice specializing in companion animal medicine. She also instructed various courses in animal anatomy, physiology, parasitology and biology at several local universities. Dr. Jones' veterinary expertise makes her a unique addition to the department.


  • B. S., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • D.V.M., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Reasons To Take This Course

"This course gives you a lot of hands-on experience with animals. You learn information that can be helpful if you work in a small vet or even for your own pets. Dr. Jones is an amazing professor. Take this class - it is well worth it!" -Sarah

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