eLearning training

Online continuing education courses provided by the Charles River


  • The ResAL has selected 10 courses in French and 4 courses in English.
  • The price of the course is CHF 50 for institutional members and CHF 130 for non-institutional members. Payment by credit card only is required to validate your registration.
  • The duration of the available courses varies from one course to another. In order to validate a half day of continuing education, you will need to attend 3 hours of lectures and to validate a day of continuing education, 6 hours of lectures will be required.
  • In order to obtain the certificate of participation, the validation of a knowledge test will be mandatory at the end of each course
  • Registration for all courses will be closed on April 10th, 2023.

Link to register: https://conference.unil.ch/resal/


  • Online course (French) - Biology of species: basic knowledge - Duration: 3H30 - Ref. ALA0003FR

Theoretical course summarizing :
- The basics of anatomy, physiology, reproduction and behaviour of species of interest in animal experimentation
- Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology: cells - tissues - organs and organ systems
- Basics of genetics: DNA and genes - The genetic code - Alleles - From genes to proteins - Genotype and phenotype
- Specific characteristics of species: Mice and Rats - Hamsters and Gerbils - Cobayas - Rabbits - Dogs and cats - Non-human primates - Pigs - Amphibians
+ Knowledge check


  • Online course (French) - Aquatic species as animal models: xenope and zebrafish - Duration: 2H00 - Ref. ALA0013FR

Theoretical course summarizing :
- For the xenopus model (Characteristics, Morphology and anatomy, Reproduction and development, Breeding conditions, Nutrition, Enrichment, Restraint and handling, Injection and anaesthesia, In vitro reproduction, Diseases and health monitoring, Applications in biomedical research)
- For the zebrafish model - Danio rerio (Characteristics, Natural habitat and rearing conditions: recommendations on aquatic parameters, Feeding, Development cycle: chronology and stages, Sexual determinism, Knowledge of zebrafish genetics, Diseases and health monitoring, Analgesia and anaesthesia, Interest of the model and applications in biomedical research)
+ Knowledge check


  • Online course (French) - Recognition of pain, suffering and distress in animals - Duration: 3H30 - Ref. ALA0001FR

Theoretical course summarizing :
- Recognition of normal appearance and behaviour according to species
- Recognition of abnormal behaviour and signs of discomfort, pain, suffering or distress 
- Factors to consider and methods available for assessing the welfare of animals 
- What is a cut-off point and how to define it?
- Severity classifications of procedures
- Circumstances in which anaesthesia or analgesia may be required to minimise 
 pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm
+ Knowledge check


  • Online course (French) - The pig as an animal model - Duration: 3H00 - Ref. ALA0004FR

Theoretical course summarizing :
- History and use of the pig in research
- Behaviour
- Environmental enrichment
- Biology and physiology
- Housing conditions
- Restraint and technical gestures
- Microbiology and pathology
+ Knowledge check


  • Online course (French) - Surgery on rodents : Subcutaneous osmotic pump placement - Duration : 1H00 - Ref. ALA0005FR

Theoretical course summarizing :
- Description of the different steps of the surgery
- Video of the surgical procedure
+ Knowledge check


  • Online course (French) - Good practice in the use of syringes and needles - Duration: 1H00 - Ref. ALA0006FR

Theoretical course summarizing :
- Staff safety
- The different parts and types of syringes
- How to read a syringe, the different parts of a needle
- The different sizes of syringes and needles
- Procedure for aseptic use
- Factors to consider when choosing a syringe and needle
+ Knowledge check


  • Online course (French) - Surgery on rodents : Asepsis techniques - Duration : 1H30 - Ref. ALA0007FR

Theoretical course summarizing :
- The surgical area
- The surgical outfit
- Placement of the sterile field
- Preparing the animal
- How to put on sterile gloves
- The lone surgeon
- The sterile tip technique
- Contamination
+ Knowledge check


  • Online course (French) - Mathematics applied to animal care and laboratory activities - Duration: 2H00 - Ref. ALA0017FR

Theoretical course summarizing :
- Percentages
- Fractions
- The equation with one unknown
- Order of operations
- Units of measurement and unit conversions
- Solutions
- Prescriptions and medicines
- My administrations (routes, frequencies and volumes)
+ Knowledge check


  • Online course (French) - Zoonoses - Duration : 3H00 - Ref. ALA0018FR

Theoretical course summarizing :
- Presentation of viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic zoonoses
- The importance of respecting the procedures of the animal house and of wearing the appropriate protective equipment
- Personal protective equipment
- What to do in case of an accident (bite, scratch)
+ Knowledge check


  • Online course (French) - The rat: good practices for restraint, identification, administration and sampling - Duration: 3H00 - Ref. ALA0014FR

Theoretical course summarizing :
- Anatomy and rat models in research
- Handling & restraint (Tunnel and cup hands, Manual restraint methods, Restraint devices)
- Identification
- Administrations (Gavage, Subcutaneous, Intraperitoneal, Intramuscular, Intravenous, Intradermal)
- Blood sampling (Saphenous vein, Caudal vein, Retro-orbital sinus, Intracardiac)
+ Knowledge check


  • Online course (English) - Animal Restraint and Handling (Mice & Rats) - Duration: 3H00

Theoretical course summarizing :
- Souris (Contention manuelle, Contention mécanique, Contention chimique, Signes de détresse, Sexage et conseils de sexage
- Rat (Manipulation douce, Contention manuelle, Contention chimique, Contention mécanique - Sexage et conseils de sexage
+ Knowledge check


  • Online course (English) - Principles of surgery - Duration: 3H00

Theoretical course summarizing :
- Basic concepts (Antiseptics, Aseptic techniques)
- Preparation for surgery (Sterilisation of instruments, Preparation of the surgeon)
- Performing surgery (Halsted's principles, Surgical instruments, Disinfection between animals, Classification of instruments, Closure materials, Suturing) 
  closure materials, Suturing)
- The tissue healing process (Primary and secondary healing, Complications of tissue healing, Complications of the wound healing process, Wound healing complications, Suturing) 
  Complications of the Wound Healing Process, Strict Asepsis)
- The post-operative phase (Acute phase, Chronic phase, Wound care, Nutrition)
- Pre-operative considerations (Acclimatisation, Fasting, Health status)
- Intra-operative care (Positioning the animal, Eye protection, Preventive analgesia, Preventing hypothermia, Preventing hypothermia, Surgical stress, Monitoring anaesthesia)
- Post-operative care (Why post-procedural care?, Recovery, Recovery period issues, Signs of pain and distress, Post-operative care)​
+ Knowledge check


  • Online course (English) - Behavior and Enrichment (Mice & Rats) - Duration: 2H00

Theoretical course summarizing :
- Breeding
- Types of enrichment
- Social behaviour (Territory, Feelings, Laboratory behaviour, Abnormal behaviour, Enrichment, Environment)
+ Knowledge check


  • Online course (English) - Clinical Signs of Rodents and Rabbits - Making an Observation - Duration: 3H30

Theoretical course summarizing :
- Descriptive anatomical terms and clinical observations
- Characteristics of normal animals (rats, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils)
- Clinical signs and behavioural abnormalities
- Appearance and physical changes
- Digestive and urinary systems
- Clinical signs to watch for related to the digestive system
- Clinical signs to watch for related to the reproductive system
+ Knowledge check

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Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV)Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG)Ludwig Cancer ResearchUniversité de GenèveUniversité de LausanneÉcole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)