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AVS 365 - Laboratory Animal Technology

Course Information

This course will introduce students to laboratory animal science, with an emphasis on:

  • The biology of laboratory animal species
  • Breeding
  • Care
  • Management
  • Health
  • Research use
  • Animal welfare

The class is made up of a lecture and laboratory component. The laboratory reinforces some of the important concepts and principles presented in lecture.

During laboratory sessions, students will engage in the following:
  • Measurements in laboratory animal science
  • Rat dissection and review of anatomy
  • Biomethodology of the hamster, rat, guinea pig and rabbit (handling, restraint, and other useful techniques)
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    Course Goals

    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

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    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
    • Required Text
      • AALAS Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician Training (ALAT) Manual. 98-1. American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, Cordova, TN. 1998.

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      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

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      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 Trombley, Senior

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