Free FELASA Webinars

Posted on: 28-03-2019

FELASA thanks ESLAV for supporting these webinars.

Accrediting your course according to FELASA standards - Worth the time and money?

by Marcel Gyger - Download the recording (MP4) 

With the introduction of the European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes, it is mandatory that any person working with animals in a scientific set-up has to be educated and trained beforehand. We will briefly present the EU perspective on education and training.

Since 1995, date of the first publication on education of people involved in animal experimentation, FELASA (Federation of the European Laboratory Animal Science Association) has been dealing with this issue on one hand by introducing a taxonomy of roles in animal experimentation, the so-called FELASA categories A, B, C & D and, on the other hand by proposing an accreditation scheme to ensure high quality. We will present the current FELASA accreditation scheme, which integrated the EU function taxonomy and course modularity (Gyger et al. 2018, https://doi.org/10.1177/0023677218788105).

Our accreditation scheme has to be viewed ultimately as, on one hand, a help to any course organiser to maintain a sustainable level of quality of his/her education and training course and, on the other hand, to facilitate mobility of course participants. It is definitively worth the time and money.

 

Refining the life experience of a research zebrafish

by Claire Allen - Download the recording (MP4) 

The zebrafish is an important model organism for many aspects of research.  Few universities in the UK, with animal facilities, lack zebrafish. Managing diverse collections of genetically modified zebrafish lines comes with unique challenges. Husbandry is at the centre of this work but as experimental design and protected work becomes increasingly complex and diverse, so do management challenges. Training and competency is essential to success and the use of Individual Study Plans (ISPs) for all protected, experimental work enables management to assist with experimental design.

 

Experimental Design and the Avoidance of Unnecessary Suffering

by Manuel Berdoy - Download the recording (MP4)

Arguably, an experiment is a type a conversation, whereby the researcher asks questions and the environment/animal answers, hopefully truthfully. The design of experiments in biology is mostly about logic, common sense and the systematic application of relatively simple techniques to produce un-biased answers. This is good news because this should be relatively straightforward. Yet this is where the biggest blunders continue to be made in pre-clinical research with demonstrable expensive consequences on results, animal suffering and funding. I will address some the fundamental principles, traps and stumbling blocks that continue to hinder this “truthful exchange” before briefly looking ahead at the path toward a more positive future.