M-5 – English

Breeding management of gene-modified animals

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Tuesday, 7 May 2024
Online course with Zoom

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M-5 – English

Breeding management of gene-modified animals

Learning Objectives, Form, Scope, Content and Target Audience

This one-day course provides the participants with tools to understand the complex genetics of breeding genetically modified animals and introduces concepts of breeding management. 


Participants of the course will learn:

- The different artificial allele types used in research and their annotation

- The intricacies of breeding gene-modified animals: Mendel genetics, stochastics of breeding outcomes

- Planning a breeding program with appreciation of constraints: animal number, cage contingent, time, money

- Practical aspects of breeding: reproductive and behavioural parameters

- Problem solving in breeding programs

- Legal, ethical and 3R aspects in breeding


After lectures introducing the basics in these topics participants solve practical problems to learn how to deal with different breeding management concepts. The solutions will be discussed together including the timing of the breeding and the costs of different systems.

Participants will be able to plan, maintain and supervise simple and complex breedings of gene-modified animals. 

This course is addressing scientists with basic knowledge in work with gene-modified animals (e.g. Module 15E, Module 3E or practical experience).

Criteria for the Participation

This course is organized for persons who completed the basic education in laboratory animal science and are responsible for the breeding of their (genetically modified) animals.


This course is recognized as one day continuing education in Switzerland by the Federation of Swiss Cantonal Veterinary Officers (VSKT).

Course Fees

Universities in Switzerland: CHF: 250.-
Industry, external person and institutions from abroad: CHF 380.-

Please note that we will charge you the full fees in case of a late cancellation of the course (within 3 weeks before start of the course) or in case of absence. It is the responsibility of the participant to inform the organizer of the course about the cancellation before the deadline of 3 weeks before the course to avoid the billing of the course. To charge for cancellations is common practice by other providers, too. The new proceedings for education courses became necessary due to an increasing extent of short term cancellations in training modules.


Insurance is responsibility of each participant.