Specialisation Courses

Course in Reduction and Refinement in Experimental Design and Methodology. Research and Development of Drugs (English)

This course provides practical and theoretical knowledge and skills regarding experimental design and methodology.

  • UAB Specialisation Course
  • Code: 2267/21
  • 21th edition
  • Modality: Onsite
  • Credits: 12 ECTS
  • Start date: 01/10/2024
  • Finish date: 15/12/2024
  • Places: 46
  • Orientation: Professional
  • Price: 3570 €
  • Special price 3035 €
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  • Teaching language: English
  • Location: Facultat de Veterinària. Campus UAB, Bellaterra (Barcelona)

This course provides the practical and theoretical knowledge and skills regarding experimental design and methodology required by designated veterinarians and other onsite personnel responsible for the welfare and care of laboratory animals in the conduct of experimental procedures.

This course covers the most important aspects in relation to the reduction in the number of animals used in research, experimental design, literature searches and presentation of results. It also deals with refinement through the study of the main non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques and refinement in surgical techniques. The course also provides an overview of the strategy and processes required in research and drug development.

The content of this course also complies with the training requirements set out in European Directive EU63/2010 developed by the European Commission in respect of the following modules: Design of procedures and projects, Design of procedures and projects, Principles of surgery and Information provision and retrieval.


- Experimental design
- Bibliographic Searches
- Systematic searches and ARRIVE
- Surgery principles contributing to refinement.
- Care pre, peri and post-operative.
- Product Management.
- Extraction and sampling.
- Special surgical techniques
- Microsurgery
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Telemetry
- Non invasive techniques: NMR, PET, ecography and others.
Criteria for refinement in experimental procedures
- Research and development activity
- Toxicology
- Safety Pharmacology: cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous.
- Clinical assays.
- Immunologicals
- Traslational Research


This course is included in the Master in Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare.

Scholarships and financial aid

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Coordinating centres

Facultad de Veterinaria
Departamento de Biologia Celular, Fisiología e Inmunología


Patrocinio Vergara Esteras

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