Academic Year 2023/2024

The aim of this Programme is to provide an online course to meet the training requirements of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) in the knowledge, responsibilities and regulatory requirements for conducting animal studies as laid down in Article 23 of Directive 2010/63/EU. The Programme requires completion of 2 core units and one elective unit following which participant will be assessed for award of TEARAP Certificate.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Having successfully completed this module, participants should have understanding of:
1. EU-Directive 2010/63/EU on protection of animals used for scientific purpose.
2. Their responsibilities and regulatory requirements when undertaking animal studies for teaching or research purposes.
3. Animal welfare and application of 3R principles in their research and teaching.
4. Basic principles of study design and Bio-statistics.
5. Basic animal physiology.
6. Competency requirement in basic and routine animal care procedures including euthanasia.
7. Competency requirement in relevant experimental procedures.
8. Maintainance of experiment and training records.

Indicative Module Content:

Core Unit 1
eLecture 1 Introduction to the ethics of the use of animals for research
eLecture 2 Ethics committee and ethical approval
eLecture 3 Regulatory requirements
eLecture 4 Application process for establishment / project / individual authorisation
eLecture 5 Care and compliance
eLecture 6 Training and competency requirements
eLecture 7 Understanding biological statistics
eLecture 8 Study and experimental design
eLecture 9 Commonly used software for statistical analysis

Core Unit 2
eLecture 1 Openness and transparency in animal research and the role of research integrity
eLecture 2 The 5 R's - PART 1
The 5 R's - PART 2
eLecture 3 Categories of experimental procedures (severity banding)
eLecture 4 Working with transgenic animals
eLecture 5 Monitoring of animal health and welfare
eLecture 6 Routine procedures (Available in supplementary information)
eLecture 7 Euthanasia
eLecture 8 Anaesthesia, analgesia and aseptic surgery
eLecture 9 Training responsibility

Elective Unit (Any one)
Option 1 Rodents (mice and rats)
Option 2 Farm animals

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module is delivered via online using recorded lectures. A supplementary folder is included with several online resources for the students to access and engage. The students can also contact the programme office with any queries related to the course content where any clarifications are required. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Applicants are required to have a degree with appropriate background in the biological sciences.
Applicants will require a computer with a webcam and reliable high-speed broadband Internet access as well as an intermediate level of IT skills (be able to browse the Internet, download files, use email, complete online forms, use software such as MS Excel and Word).

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Multiple Choice Questionnaire: The following type of questions will be included
Single best answer, true or false, multiple answers and extended matching sets,
Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive a feedback post assessment highlighting the topics of the course where improvements and further engagement to gain knowledge competency is required.

Handbook of Laboratory Animal Management and Welfare by Sarah Wolfensohn and Maggie Lloyd
Name Role
Ms Carla Coll Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Siobhan Mullan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Prof. Emeritus Alan Baird Tutor
Assoc Professor Vivian Gath Tutor
Professor Alison Hanlon Tutor
Ms Margaret MacDonagh Tutor
Ms Catherine McCarney Tutor
Assoc Professor Susan Rackard Tutor