Master's of Laboratory Animal Science

Program Overview Core Courses

Students typically complete their core courses in 2-3 quarters, and spend their final 2 - 3 quarters working on their thesis project.

Core Courses

One Health Journal Club (COMPMED 200):  Participants report on and review scientific articles published in peer reviewed journals.  

Research Biomethodology for Laboratory Animal Science (COMPMED 202): Emphasis is on providing introductory training and practical, hands-on research animal biomethodology. Topics include basic care and principals guiding the use of research animals, animal health and welfare, enrichment, basic mouse handling, rodent breeding, and the principals of rodent aseptic surgery and anesthesia.  

Laboratory Animal Medicine Seminar (COMPMED 209): Focuses on husbandry, care and diseases of major laboratory animal species (rodents, fish and amphibians, swine, sheep, rabbits, monkeys); regulatory and compliance, applied principals of animal modeling, and factors that influence animal research, animal behavior and research reproducibility.  

Introduction to Mouse Histopathology (COMPMED 210):  Focus is on anatomy and histology (microscopic anatomy) of the mouse, proper instrument handling and dissection technique, tissue fixation and processing, identification of normal organ histology on stained slides using a light microscope, use of special stains, and digital image acquisition.  

Biostatistics for the Life Sciences (COMPMED 211): Emphasis is on real-world experimental design and analysis in the life sciences, with particular focus on modern techniques that maximize power and minimize sample size, and avoiding common errors contributing to false discovery and the reproducibility crisis.

Master's of Laboratory Animal Science Practicum/Laboratory Research (COMPMED 260): Research laboratory and clinical service (pathology, diagnostic laboratory, surgery, husbandry, anesthesiology, aquatics, facility business and management, etc.), quarterly rotations for students enrolled in the Master's of Laboratory Animal Science program.  

Career Development (COMPMED 290): Focus is on career development for graduate students and trainees enrolled in a trainee program in the Department of Comparative Medicine. Seminar topics include career pathways in laboratory animal science, resume preparation, manuscript preparation and authorship, life in academics, life in industry and biopharma, regulatory agencies, veterinary and medical school.