One week training programme on LABORATORY ANIMAL SCIENCE

About BITS Pilani

The Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani), is a deemed university recognized as an “Institution of Eminence” by the Ministry of Education, Government of India. BITS Pilani is a pioneer in Higher education in all the major disciplines of Engineering and Sciences, with Humanities, Social Sciences, Economics, and Finance in its ambit. The Institute was established in 1964 by the late Shri G. D. Birla, an eminent industrialist, a participant in the Indian freedom struggle, and a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. The primary aim of BITS Pilani is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. Its four modern, aesthetically beautiful, and fully residential campuses at Pilani, Dubai, Goa, and Hyderabad with state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research provide a unique ambiance for student and faculty interaction. Its graduates can be found worldwide in eminent leadership positions in all areas of engineering, science, and commerce. BITS Pilani is proud to have given 13 unicorns to the country and more than 7500 founders and co-founders. The Institute’s commitment to excellence, adherence to merit, transparency, innovation, and enterprise have characterized its steady march to eminence.

About Department of Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy of BITS Pilani, established in 1950, is one of the few early schools of Pharmacy in India. It has been ranked 3rd in Pharmacy Category by NIRF-2023 (MHRD, Govt. of INDIA). The department offers B. Pharm, M. Pharm (with specializations in Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacology) as well as Ph.D. programmes. The department is well supported by projects funded by industries and government agencies. In recent years, 10 technologies have been transferred to the pharmaceutical industry and three faculty members have founded their start-ups. Alumni of the department are well placed in India as well as abroad in various Pharmaceutical companies, Government organizations and Academia.


CAF at BITS Pilani, Pilani campus is a CCSEA approved facility with a total floor area of 5330 sq. ft. The facility is also approved for in-house breeding of small animals. The facility maintains the various strains of Rats, Mice, Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, and Hamsters. It is also equipped with various maintenance and analytical instruments such as incinerator, Individual Ventilated Cages, double door autoclave, two chambers automated organ bath, laser doppler, noninvasive blood pressure recorder, semi-dry transfer apparatus, microtome, RT-PCR, electroconvulsiometer, actophotometer, analgesiometer, light-dark apparatus, rotarod, surgical anesthesia machine, CO2 chamber, electrical cautery etc.

CAF developed/standardized many animal models and caters to the needs of the various research departments like Pharmacy, Biological Sciences, and Chemistry, etc. The facility also incorporates for carrying out advanced research in the areas of pre-clinical pharmacokinetics, bioavailability studies, pharmacological screening of various synthetic/natural origin drugs.

About Workshop

This training programme  has been specially designed considering the norms/guidelines of CCSEA, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India, as well as the international standards so that the investigator authorized for carrying out experimental and other scientific procedures on laboratory animals should be adequately educated in animal ethics & welfare, and well trained before performing any animal procedures to avoid unnecessary pain and suffering to the animals before, during and after the procedures.

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Video Gallery - Central Animal Facility- BITS Pilani - Pilani Campus


The objectives of the programme are to provide classroom and practical training to improve quality of research conducted on animal models, and to disseminate basic facts and principles to gain knowledge, skills and attitude that are essential for the humane use and care of laboratory animals.


  • Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science Animal Welfare and Ethics.
  • Legislation/ Ethics Committee in India on Laboratory Animal Science & Experimentation
  • Introduction to the preparation of an experimental protocol and application submission for ethical evaluation and approval.
  • International legislation.
  • Introduction to animal house layout and general maintenance.
  • Introduction to laboratory animal’s Anatomy and Physiology and experimentation at extreme climatic conditions.
  • Nutrition and management of Laboratory Animals.
  • Laboratory animal’s Pathology and disease diagnosis.
  • Introduction to practice of Anesthesia, Euthanasia, Peri/Post-operative care and Analgesia.
  • Introduction to experimental techniques.
  • Discussion of common animal models for Diabetes, Cancer, Inflammation, hypertension, arthritis, CNS Disorders, etc.
  • Alternatives to animal procedures.
  • Humane end points in animal experiments.
  • Bio-safety & Bio-security.