Steinberg N, Keutz EV, Weiss J, Heldmaier G and Exner C. E-Learning A new tool for the education of young scientists in the humane treatment of experimental animals: A contribution to the 3R. AATEX 2008;14(Special Issue):285-289


Life science disciplines may necessitate the use of animals in research and education. The most important requisite in animal experimentation is that scientists and their personnel are well trained, cautious and sensitive to the needs of the animals. Currently there are no obligatory training guidelines and available training differs greatly between institutions. The aim of this project is to develop an e-learning program which will be adaptable to different aspects and study focuses to assist in the progress of harmonising specialist education, currently with emphasis on German guidelines and regulations. A future perspective will be to assist in international harmonisation of the humane treatment of experimental animals. Content and complexity will be in accordance with the FELASA guidelines. Video and picture material will serve to communicate theoretical and practical considerations of experimental animal work and will help to sensitise young scientists for humane handling of animals in research. Thus computer assisted learning (CAL) will be a valuable tool to mediate knowledge through animation and simulation; and to open new ways of communicating important questions in laboratory animal sciences. The future focus of the e-learning program will be on the application of the 3Rs in experimental protocols.

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Author's keywords: 3Rs, harmonising specialist education, experimental animals, computer assisted learning

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