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University Biomedical Services (UBS)


IAT courses

The University Biomedical Services department provides online level 2 & 3 IAT courses.

The Level 2 Diploma in Laboratory Animal Husbandry acts as an introduction to animal technology, looking at husbandry, health, nutrition, breeding and, of course, legislation and ethics.

The Level 2 Diploma in Laboratory Animal Science and Technology covers the same subjects as the Diploma in Laboratory Animal Husbandry, but also includes ‘background’ subjects (physical science, biological science, numeracy, communication & ICT). These units help develop an understanding of the science behind the other areas studied. The Diploma in Animal Science & technology must be completed to be able to continue with further, higher level, study.

Exemption from background subjects may be granted, depending on the student’s previous education & results obtained. This means they will not have to be covered again by them to complete the Diploma in Animal Science and Technology.

Applications for exemptions should be sent to UBS before the course starts (for accurate costing) or as soon after the start as possible.

The Diploma in Laboratory Animal Husbandry provides an ‘exit point’ for students who struggle with the science presented at this level, so that they can still achieve a qualification.

We also provide the Level 3 Diploma in Animal Science and Technology. The level 3 diploma builds on the areas covered in Level 2, allowing the student to develop a deeper understanding and so be able to apply their knowledge, & problem solve, when faced with situations in the workplace.

Subjects covered include scientific procedures, management of breeding colonies and a more in depth look at ethics & legislation.

A fast track option is available, for both levels of IAT course, for those students who have a higher level (4 or above) qualification. For example, a Higher National Certificate or Diploma, A levels, Scottish Highers or a degree in a relevant area. 

IAT Guide for Learners