The Laboratory Animal Facility
Course in Animal Research (CAREIN)

CAREiN - Course in Animal Research (pig, rodent and model fish)

The University of Bergen is offering av web-based course in animal research (CAREIN), which is co-created and taught in collaboration with the University of Oslo, The University of Tromsø and The Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The course amounts to 8 ECTS credits, and meets the requirements for theoretical training stated in the European Union Comission’s «Education and training framework», functions A, B and D.

A. Brønstad

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The course is open for MA students and PhD candidates at UiB and other institustions that need training in the use of research animals (rodents, pigs and model fish) in connection to their studies or research. The course will also be offered as a part of Continuing Education for persons connected to the private sector under different terms.

About the course

The main purpose of the course is to ensure ethical and humane handling of experimental animals, training in experimental design of experiments involving animals, and collection of informative, objective and reproducible research data from conducted animal studies.

The course covers the species groups of rodents, swine and model fish (i.e zebrafish, medaka) when utilized as model organisms in biomedical research. The course does not cover other species than those stated. Adequate training, relevant for the species in question, is required by law for personell who are planning and/or performing animal experiments in Norway. The course meets the theoretical requirements for training in functions A, B and D in accordance with the EU-framework for education and training

Please note that in order to perform procedures on animals (functions A and D), one must also complete practical training accordingly. Modules covering practical training is not part of CAREIN, but is offered as separate courses by the universities. 

PhD applicants may be registered for the PhD course, with exam. 

Course activities

The course if offered two times each year, one time each semester. The teaching is web-based, and makes use of the online learning platform MittUiB (Canvas) for this purpose. Methods of teaching are a combination of pre-recorded videos/lectures and real-time digital teaching. English is the language of instruction.

Home exam is the form of assessment. Please refer to the course description for more information regarding mandatory teaching activities. 

Course Schedule can be found here: Course Schedule CAREIN A23


The course is available for master students and Ph.d.-candidates at UiB and other universities who require animal research training as part of their education and/or research. 

Students and Ph.d.-candidates apply for admission via Søknadsweb.

The admisson requirements is a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a relevant academic field, and admission to a relevant master/Ph.d.-programme.

In addition, the course is offered as a for-payment CPD course to applicants from private research institutions and laboratories. For application se EVUWeb.

Admission - Timeline 

CAREIN (with reservation for change)

  • Next course will be start late august 2023 - and last over a period of 10 weeks. Course schedule is available, with reservation for change: Timetable
  • Information of registration will be published on this page. 


• Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree issued by a Norwegian institution does not need to document this, as UiB is able to gather this information electronically
• Applicants from other institutions than UiB must upload documentation regarding which master/Ph.d.-programme they are currently admitted to (i.e letter of admission or a signed statement)
• Applicants with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from other countries must upload a copy of their diploma with diploma supplement and transcript of records

All documentation must be uploaded at the time of application. Lack of documentation will result in dismissal of application. 

Practical training in procedures

Persons who are going to perform procedures in animals must be trained in and master the procedudures in the relevant species for their study.

Practical training must also be docmented.

The practical training is not a part of CAREIN - and persons must be trained in their home institution.

Below you find links to training offered at institutions in the CAREIN network