KVASU will ink pact with Canadian university this month

: The Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) plans to enter into an agreement with the University of Guelph of Canada to develop an Indian certificate programme in Laboratory Animal Medicine.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard will be signed later this month between B. Ashok, Vice Chancellor of KVASU, and Michelle Fach, Director, Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support (COLES) of the University of Guelph.

“The KVASU will identify and provide a qualified course instructor for the online programme. Issues related to intellectual property will be tackled. The COLES will provide administrative and developmental support. Training sites (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International-accredited or equivalent) will be identified in India,” Dr. Ashok told The Hindu .

Distance programme

The certificate programme has been designed to provide entry-level continuing education and applied training for licensed veterinarians who are working in the field of laboratory animal medicine. The distance certificate programme is particularly appropriate for veterinarians who are working part-time or who cannot attend full-time graduate studies in this specialty.

The certificate consists of a four- course programme of study totalling 160 hours. The first course consists of an online, web-based, self-study course consisting of core topics (oversight of research animal care and use, ethics of experimentation, animal models and alternatives, factors affecting research data, environmental enrichment, anaesthesia, analgesia and euthanasia, microbiological quality control and biosecurity, biosafety, and specific animal models).


Each module concludes with a multiple choice quiz, the questions for which are randomly selected by a computer. Candidates need to achieve a score of 80 per cent to complete each module prior to beginning the next module and have two attempts. There are additionally six short written assignments that provide practical experience for the different topics.

The next three courses (Applied Laboratory Animal Medicine I, II, and III) involve one-week placements at regional training centres. Candidates spend 40 hours/week at these facilities and need to acquire a number of skills during each week (including animal handling, bleeding, protocol review and facility inspection).

The certificate programme can take as short as one month to complete or a maximum of two years. The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) and the Canadian Association for laboratory Animal Medicine have endorsed the programme.

  • Certificate consists of four-course programme

  • Will provide entry-level continuing education