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This course is delivered in a one hour lab and one hour pre-lab lecture format. You will become acquainted with the common laboratory specimens used for diagnosis and you will learn how to safely handle and dispose of these specimens. Some basic laboratory techniques will also be practised. Emphasis will be placed on laboratory maintenance practices. Other topics to be covered include: the concepts of microbial agents of disease; transmission of disease; physical and chemical control; cleaning, disinfection, antisepsis and sterilization techniques; quarantine practices; and biohazard management in animal facilities.