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An updated list of all the Animal Welfare Training Courses 2014 accepted by the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office is published on www.bvet.admin.ch, and on the hompage of the University of Zurich www.ltk.uzh.ch.

The courses are organized by ecotox solutions and take place in Basel. The course language is German (courses in English upon request). Explanations can be given in English, French or Italian. The courses will take about eight hours and will be regarded as a one day development course by the Swiss authorities. A written certificate will be handed out at the end of the course. This certificate will have to be shown to the Swiss authorities on request.

The costs of each of the courses are Fr. 650.- including pdf-files of the presentations or Fr. 700.- including handouts in a file. Registration by e-mail to rufli@ecotoxsolutions.com

 

Course F on Amphibia: Introduction to Culturing and Ecotoxicological Tests with Xenopus

Friday, November 14, 2014, see detailed programme: Course F: Amphibia

Course Focus

Xenopus Biology, Dev. Stages (Nieuwkoop & Faber), TRY IT YOURSELF, QUIZ!
Husbandry and Culture of Xenopus laevis
Ecotoxicological Testing acc. to OECD-Guideline 231, What to be aware of
Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Thyroid (HPT) axis of amphibia

Speakers

Name
Dr. H. Rufli, ecotox solutions, Basel and Mrs. Dr. S. Knörr, University of Heidelberg

 

Course H2 on Histology in Fish

Thursday, November 13, 2014, see detailed programme: Histology in Fish

Course Focus

Histological Methods: Sampling, fixation, processing
Limitations: Value and limitations of the application of histology in fish testing

Practical Work : Cutting and dyeing: TRY IT YOURSELF! Bring your own slides!

Evaluation of Sample Slides (and your own!) : TRY IT YOURSELF with QUIZ!

Speakers

Name
Mrs. Dr. S. Bichet, FMI, Basel and Mrs. Dr. S. Knörr, University of Heidelberg
Dr. H. Rufli, ecotox solutions, Basel

 

Updated Course B: Biology and Husbandry of Fish acc. to the Requirements of Animal Welfare

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, see detailed programme: Fish Course B

Course Focus

Husbandry and Culture of OECD/EPA Standard-Species: rainbow trout, bluegill, fathead minnow, carp, zebrafish, medaka, species comparison
Diseases: Avoidance of diseases

Water Quality Requirements, Loadings

Handling of Fish according to the Requirements of Animal Welfare: Measurement of weight and length, freeze branding and sacrificing of fish

Speakers

Name
Mrs. Dr. S. Knörr, University of Heidelberg and Dr. H. Rufli, ecotox solutions, Basel
Prof.. T. Wahli, University of Bern

 

Updated Course C:
Endocrine Active Substances in the Aquatic Environment and the Effects on Fish

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, see detailed programme: Fish Course C

Course Focus

Sexual Development of Fish: Anatomy, gonads, sexual differentiation and development, secondary sex characteristics, sex and sex reversal
Endocrine Active Substances: Endocrine disruptors, hormonal regulation of reproduction and metabolism, endocrine potency of substances
Removal of Blood and Gonads (try it yourself): Handling according to the 3 R's

 

Speakers

Name
Mrs. Dr. S. Knörr, University of Heidelberg and Dr. H. Rufli, ecotox solutions, Basel

 

Updated Course D1 & D2, Course D1 for Technicians (D1T):
Ecotoxicity Testing to fulfil the Requirements of the Registration in the EU, US and Japan

We November 5, 2014,  Thu November 6, 2014,  Mo November 3, 2014,

see detailed programme:Course D1 Course D2 Course D1 for Technicians

Course Focus

D1 & D1T: Preparation of Test Solutions: General recommendations for the preparation of test solutions with difficult substances, what to be aware of
D1: From Range-Finder to the Definitive Tests: Critical steps to avoid repetitions
D2 & D1T: Test with Fish, Daphnia and Algae: Successful testing to register in the EU, USA, Japan; feedback from EPA reviewers, and what to be aware of

D2: Data Reporting: Meaningful reporting of results
D1, D1T, D2: Case Study: Based on tests with difficult substances

Speaker

Name
Dr. H. Rufli, ecotox solutions, Basel

 

Updated Course A:
Legislation and Licence Application, Fish Tests according to the 3Rs and Alternative Methods

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

see detailled Programme: Course A

Speakers

Name
Dr. H. Rufli, ecotox solutions, Basel and Dr. W. Zeller, Vetenary Office of Canton Basel-Stadt

 

Course G: Testing of different Species and Relation of Ecotoxresults to the Environment

Friday, November 7, 2014

see detailled Programme: Course G 

Course Focus

Ecotoxicological Test Procedures and comparison of results within a laboratory and between laboratories, of acute versus chronic results

Relationships between Effect and other Parameters: Effects of concentration, exposure duration (acute and chronic), endpoints, mode of action

Exposure Calculation and Risk-Assessment: General procedures
Case Study: Do your own risk assessments of known substances

Speaker

Name
Dr. H. Rufli, ecotox solutions, Basel

PhotographTests on fish egg stages as an alternative method to animal experimentation
according to the principles of 3R.

 

 

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