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6.1: Humane methods of killing (theory) [Core] This module provides information on the principles of humane killing and the need to have someone available, at all times, who is able to kill an animal quickly and humanely if required. The module will include information and descriptions of the different methods available, details of the species for which these methods are suitable and information to help trainees compare the methods permitted and determine how to select the most appropriate method.

Trainees should be able to:

6.1.1. Describe the principles of humane killing (e.g. what constitutes ‘a good death’)

6.1.2. Describe the different methods by which the relevant animals are allowed to be killed, the influence different methods can have on scientific outcomes, and how to select the most appropriate method.

6.1.3. Explain why someone competent to kill animals should be available at all times (whether care staff or person carrying out procedures)

6.2: Humane methods of killing (skills) [Function Specific for Functions D, and Additional Task Specific Module for Functions A and C as required] This module provides practical training to reflect the information and principles delivered in module 6.1 and will involve practical training in the appropriate methods for the species and suitable methods of confirming death. Learning Outcomes Trainees should be able to:

6.2.1. Proficiently and humanely carry out euthanasia using appropriate techniques on relevant species of laboratory animals

6.2.2. Demonstrate how death is confirmed and how cadavers should be processed or otherwise disposed of. 

6.3: Humane methods of killing - Alternative stand-alone Module for those who only perform Function D This module has been designed for those who only perform Function D and is a pre-requisite for this Function which can be delivered in place of a number of other modules for anyone who will only be involved in the humane killing of animals. This module combines Learning Outcomes from the modules relating to legislation, ethics and the Three Rs with practical animal handling, safe working practices and the theory and practical elements of the humane killing modules. Learning Outcomes Trainees should be able to: (i) Legislation, Three Rs and ethics (i.e. subset of Modules 1 and 2)

6.3.1. Describe the regulatory framework for the scientific use of animals and in particular controls relating to the conduct of humane killing and confirming death – including role of named persons and the Animal Welfare Body

6.3.2. Recognize differing societal views about the scientific use and humane killing of animals 6.3.3. Have an understanding of the ethical principles underlying the use of animals and of their own role in contributing to the ‘culture of care’

6.3.4. Relate ways in which the Three Rs can be applied to the humane killing of animals (ii) Species specific Handling (i.e. subset of Module 3)

6.3.5. Demonstrate appropriate techniques for the safe and competent handling of relevant species. Be able to approach, handle/pick up and restrain an animal and return it to its cage/pen in a calm, confident and empathetic manner such that the animal is not distressed or caused harm. Explain the importance of

6.3.13. Identify clinical symptoms commonly associated with allergy to laboratory animals

6.3.14. Describe what is meant by zoonosis, and explain why contact with different species (in particular non-human primates) constitutes a potential human health hazard. (iv) Species specific humane killing (modules 6.1 + 6.2)

6.3.15. Describe the principles of humane killing (e.g. what constitutes ‘a good death’)

6.3.16. Describe the different methods by which the relevant animals are allowed to be killed, the influence different methods can have on scientific outcomes, if relevant, and how to select the most appropriate method.

6.3.17. Explain why someone competent to kill animals should be available at all times (whether care staff or person carrying out procedures)

6.3.18. Proficiently and humanely carry out euthanasia using appropriate of techniques on relevant species of laboratory animals

6.3.19. Demonstrate how death is confirmed and how cadavers should be processed or otherwise disposed of.