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An updated list of all the Animal Welfare Training Courses 2015 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 English or German (see pdf-file of relevant course). 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. Online courses are available on request. Registration by e-mail to rufli@ecotoxsolutions.com

The MODUL 20 ECOTOX consists of a total of six courses A, B1, B2, B3, D2, P and is regarded as basis course with theoretical and practical education of at least 40 hours. Course programme P (practical education) is shown on the German part of the webpage: here.

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

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 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 5, 2015, see detailed programme: Course H2: 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 B1: Biology and Husbandry of Fish acc. to the Requirements of Animal Welfare
Thursday, November 12, 2015, see detailed programme: Course B1

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 B2: Husbandry, Culture and Health of Fish, Avoidance of Diseases
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, see detailed programme: Course B2

Course Focus

  • Husbandry, Culture and Health of Fish, Water Quality and Loadings: According to the requirements of animal welfare based on "Zebrafish: Housing and Care".
  • Diseases: Avoidance of diseases and common diseases with symptoms
  • Handling of Fish: Measurement of weight and length, marking techniques and sacrificing of fish according to the requirements of animal welfare.

Speakers

Name

Dr. H. Rufli, ecotox solutions, Basel
Prof. T. Wahli, University of Bern

 


Updated Course B3: Scientific Procedures, Supply, Husbandry and Culture of Zebrafish

Friday, November 20, 2015, see detailed programme: Course B3

Course Focus

  • Research and Scientific Procedures with zebrafish
    Biology, Husbandry, Culture and Breeding of Zebrafish
  • Differentiation of Zebrafish Gondads compared to medaka and fathead minnow
  • Methods of Egg and Sperm Collection: Quality of eggs and sperm

Speakers

Name

Dr. H. Rufli, ecotox solutions, Basel


 

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

Friday, November 6, 2015, see detailed programme: 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

Wed October 28, 2015,  Thu October 29, 2015,  Wed October 21, 2015,
see detailed programme: Course D1Course D2Course 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

Speakers

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 17, 2015

see detailled Programme: Course A

Speakers

Name

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

 

 

Course G: Testing of different Species and Assessment of Effects to the Environment (Risk)

Thursday, November 22, 2015

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

Speakers

Name

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

 

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

 

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