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Advanced Lab Animal Management and Care For Researchers


This module covers a variety of topics related to animal health, care, and management, such as health hazards related to laboratory animals, husbandry techniques, ethical issues, an overview of OECD-GLP guidelines, animal experimental design, and anaesthesia. It also includes a practical session in which the student selects the animal species that will be used in their study. Students who will work with research animals need practical training. Persons who plan field experiments are encouraged to complete their laboratory animal training (LAT) at any USM animal facilities i.e Animal Research Facilities (ARF), IPPT or Animal Research and Service Centre (ARASC), USM that offers tailored training towards field research. The training is open throughout the year. Once completion of the training course, the candidate is considered to have completed 10-teaching hours.


The objectives of the module are to:

I. To introduce relevant knowledge and skills that are necessary for the management and care of laboratory animals, focusing on small laboratory animals
II. To expose the students with proper understanding of the guidelines, ethical concerns, and issues related to relevant potential health risks associated with laboratory animals
III. To improve the competency of the student in handling laboratory animals in research

Learning Outcome

At the end of the module, the participants will be able to:

I. Describe appropriate routines and husbandry techniques for the maintenance, care, and wellbeing of laboratory animals
II. Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate, safe, and humane handling, and restraining for common scientific procedures.
III. Discuss the potential human health risks linked with involvement with laboratory animals and how to avoid them.
IV. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues related to the use of animals in research and practice the 3Rs-concept in animal research
V. Demonstrate competent skill-set in handling laboratory animals for research purposes

The topics will be covered in this module

- Introduction to laboratory animals

- Animal-based Research: Facility & Procedure

- Husbandry and Health Monitoring of Laboratory Animals

- Experimental design for In Vivo study

- Working Safely with Laboratory Animals

- Anaesthetics, Humane End-point of Experimentation and Euthanasia 


MYR 350per module

Non USM (Local)

MYR 450per module

Non USM (International)

USD 200per module

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PENSYARAH UNIVERSITI DS54 Ph.D. (Tissue Regeneration) University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2010); M.Sc. (Human Genetics) Universiti Sains Malaysia (2006); B.Sc. (Genetics) Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (2002)
Expertise : Respiratory and Regenerative Medicine, Cancer Stem Cell, Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering

Dr. Badrul Hisham Yahaya (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor and Principal Investigator in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Advanced Medical and Dental Institute (AMDI), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang Malaysia. Dr. Badrul is the former Director of the Animal Research and Service Centre (ARASC), Universiti Sains Malaysia (2019 – 2021). Dr. Badrul obtained his B.Sc. (with Hons) degree in Genetics from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (2002) and M.Sc. in Human Genetics from the Universiti Sains Malaysia (2006). Dr. Badrul received his Ph.D. training at the Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2007 – 2010). Dr. Badrul is an active member of various national and international societies in professional bodies. He is currently the Vice President of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society of Malaysia (TESMA) and a Life Membership of the Malaysian Society for Stem Cell Research and Therapy (MSCRT), where he was the Pro-temp and exco member. Dr. Badrul is a Visiting Professor at Xinxiang Medical University (XXMU) Henan Province, China since 2015, and a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Health, Faculty of Vocational Studies, Universitas Airlanggar, Indonesia. Dr. Badrul is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences (JBCS), published by Advanced Medical and Dental Institute (AMDI), USM. Dr. Badrul is also an Editorial Board Member of Biomedical Research and Therapy (BMRAT), Majalah Kedokteran Bandung, the Global Medical and Health Communication (GMHC) journals, and Stem Cell in Clinical Applications (book series published by Springer-Nature). Dr. Badrul is also the Series Editor for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (Springer-Nature) and Guest Editor for Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology. Dr. Badrul is also the head of the Breast Cancer Translational Research Program at AMDI. With an interest in stem cells and regenerative medicine, he received research grants from various local and international funding bodies to work on various aspects of stem cells and regenerative medicine research. As an active researcher, he was invited to speak at various local and international scientific meetings to share his current research findings.


PENSYARAH UNIVERSITI DS54 PhD ( Medical Sciences) 2008; MMedSc (Pathology) 2002; BApplSc (Hons) Biotech 1999; Dip MLT (ChemPath) 1994
Expertise : Molecular Toxico-Pathology, Cancer Chemoprevention and Nanomaterial

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Md Azman Seeni Mohamed obtained his Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology and Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotechnology) from Universiti Sains Malaysia. He also has a Master in Medical Sciences (Pathology) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and finally further his PhD study at Nagoya City University, Japan in Molecular Toxico-Pathology. He has over 20 years of experience in Cancer Research and published numerous papers with High Impact Factor. So far, he has supervised more than 40 postgraduate students in cancer research as well as in biomaterial products. He also won many prestigious awards either in local or international competition e.g. American Association Cancer Research Travel Grant Award 2009, Double Gold Award of British Invention Show 2011 and obtained one patent on chemopreventive agent. Recently, he has focused his research work on cancer chemoprevention, Prostate & Breast Disease using Streblus asper, Nano-agent and Paddy Waste Product


Expertise : Laboratory Animal Management, Animal husbandry

Nor Azlina has been managing a laboratory animal facility for more than 15 years. She has been facilitating laboratory animal research at IPPT by providing guidelines, technical support, veterinary clinical advice and assistance in various research. Nor Azlina also trained new researchers, managing GLP accredited testing facility and active IACUC member to ensure ethical animal research conducted at IPPT.