Courses in laboratory animal science
According to the Regulation on the use of animals in research (Norw: “Forskrift om bruk av dyr i forsøk”) everyone involved in planning, performing, taking care of or killing animals must as a minimum fulfill training program in accordance with Appendix E of the regulation. Mattilsynet clearly stated that it is the singel reserchers responsibility to keep his/her CV updated.
From 2016 there are new course codes (LAS 301/302/303) and new credits
Lab Animal Science at UiB
The laboratory animal facility at UiB offers 3 courses in Laboratory Animal Science, in accordanse with the demands of Mattilsynet and the Appendix E of the Regulation on the use of animals in research (Norw: “Forskrift om bruk av dyr i forsøk”)
By implementation of EU directive 2010/63 there will be a new classification system for personnel using animals in research. Demands to practical skills are only relevant for persons performing procedures on animals (group A). Persons planning and designing experiments, but do not themselves perform procedures (Group B), must know how procedures influence animal welfare and research result, but they do not need to demonstrate practical skills.
The EU commission has made a framework for education of persons using animals in research at different levels based on EU directive 2010/63 that you can download here.
Everyone that applies for access to The Animal Facility at UiB must first module 1 of the training (equal to LAS 201/301). To apply for experiments in FOTS or participate in animal experiments you have to complete the whole training program (LAS 301+LAS302 or 303, or FELASA C course from another institution).
If you have training from another country, part of this might be approved, but still you need to go through a training program (including a test) focused on national rules and regulations.
What is Lab Animal Science?
Laboratory Animal Science is a multidisciplinary branch of science contributing to humane use of animals and collection of informative, unbiased and reproducible data.
It includes regulation, ethics, alternatives to use of animals, properties of the animals themselves, external factors that influence experiments and design and quality control of studies.
Who needs the courses?
Persons performing procedures («function A») must, in addition to courses mention above work under supervision until they master the procedures they are going to use. Training must be documented.
For certain tasks there might be demands to task specific courses, for example for advanced surgery and anesthesia.
Persons that is only killing animals («function D») shall complete LAS 301 and supervised training in the killing methods they are going to apply.
Update course in LAS
Everyone involved in animal experiments have to maintain and document competence trough continuous practice and education. Dyreavdelingen organizes update courses in LAS, see Updated Course in LAS
Courses outside Norway
From 2016 courses get new course codes and study-credits.
LAS 301 (before 201): 6 stp
LAS 302/303 (before 202/203): 4 stp