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Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: mice, rats and zebrafish

Owner/Developer: University of Crete, Center for Training and Lifelong Learning (KEDIVIM)

Coordinator: Prof. M. Pavlidis

Aim of the course

The main objectives of this course are to:

  1. Provide advanced education, training and expertise in the care and use of vertebrate laboratory animals,
  2. Present the basic philosophical concepts and scientific principles on animal welfare,
  • Clearly comprehend the vital principles for quality research, and
  1. Provide an international certificate demonstrating competence in working with laboratory animals for research purposes.

Qualification received: FELASA Accreditation (FELASA ID: F051/15)

The course comprises lectures, practical hands-on training, group assignments, self-study and final examination. The contents of the course are in line with the requirements of the new European Directive 2010/63/EU (covering functions A – carrying out procedures of animals, B – designing procedures and projects, C – taking care of animals, D – killing animals) and the recommendations of the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) for the accreditation of Educational and Training courses in Laboratory Animal Sciences. Successful participants will be awarded a FELASA accredited certificate, which demonstrates competence in working with laboratory animals for research purposes.

Target audience

Professionals, Researchers, PhD and post-graduate students from all fields of Biomedical & Veterinary Sciences who are responsible for directing and/or carrying out animal experiments.

Duration: 80 hours

Languages: English

Location: Heraklion, Crete, Greece

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1st Cure4Aqua European sea bass Welfare Workshop

The University of Crete and Prorata Research Company, in cooperation with 29 other partners from around the world, have partnered with each other since November 2022 for the implementation of a flagship European Horizon project entitled “Curing EU Aquaculture by co-creating health and welfare innovations (Cure4Aqua)” with the aim of improving the welfare of fish which are bred in fish farming units. The project is coordinated by the Biology Center of the Czech Academy of Sciences (BCAS, Czech Republic) and it focuses on (a) the investigation and recording of attitudes and perceptions regarding the welfare of farmed fish and (b) the development of operationally reliable welfare assessment indicators. For more detailed information about Cure4aqua you can also refer to its official website:

On November 24 and 25, 2023, at the AirHotel Stratos Vassilikos hotel in Athens, a two-day workshop on the well-being of sea bass will be held, with invited speakers, expert scientists from Greece and abroad. The first day includes introductory speeches and a round table discussion and will be open to the public, while there will also be live streaming option for those not being able to attend in person. On the second day, round tables will be held, applying for the first time the innovative Delphi methodology, aiming to build a consensus framework between experts from different professional groups involved in fish farming (scientists, producers, competent authorities, NGOs, consumer organizations, etc.), in the development of measurable, reliable and easy-to-use indicators of well-being. This workshop is the beginning of a series of events that will take place on an annual basis and will also include other types of fish from European fish farming.

Languages: English

Location: Athens, Greece

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