Hands-on learning in laboratory animal science

March 31, 2021

Animal science 228 is a course that introduces students to the species, uses, biology, facilities, care, and diseases of animals used in research. These animals include rodents, companion animals and livestock species. Students learn proper protocol for animal husbandry, handling, disease recognition, ethics, and federal regulations for research animals.  

“The course covers research methods and planning for research related to species improvement, physiological investigations, disease recognition and treatment, and testing of pharmaceuticals. We introduce students to experimental design as well,” said Assistant Professor Jennifer Bundy.

Each semester the class completes several hands-on activities. This includes a mock inspection where students identify violations of federal regulations in a mock animal room. They also learn about proper handling of various species such as mice, rats, feline and canines.

Jenna Trenhaile, a senior in animal science said, “My favorite topic was learning about the types of lab animals used in research, from a gerbil to a horse. Each animal has a unique way to help researchers understand a specific topic and lead to advancements in their field of study. I found it very fascinating.” 

In a typical year, this class also has the opportunity to tour animal facilities at the USDA National Animal Disease Center and the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

If you are interested in animal science research or veterinary school, please join us for a webinar on April 1st about professional school opportunities in animal science. Register here: https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bxPZIrmmxHhXaEm