The Laboratory Animal Facility
Personell and competence for animal reserach

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.

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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”)

Lab Animal Science at UiB

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 planning and designing experiments with animals («function B») must attend education equivalent to LAS 301 AND LAS 302 (rodents, pugs) OR LAS 303 (fish).

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.

LAS courses 2020  and registration


LAS 303 (Online)


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

Persons with a FELASA C accredited certificate or equivalent from another county less than 5 years ago will get their education approved in Norway. However there is still a need to go through a training program with regard to national regulation and institutional rules. See this page.


From 2016 courses get new course codes and study-credits.

LAS 301 (before 201): 6 stp

LAS 302/303 (before 202/203): 4 stp

Practical training

Requirements for technical skills apply only to those who will perform procedures on animals.

Practical training must be directed towards the species and procedures you plan to work with.

The aim of practical training is to get the knowledge and skills necessary to handle the animal with as little discomfort to the animal as possible, and thereby both prevent trauma for the animal and unwanted variation in research results.

Practical training should be as close to project startup as possible so you have your practical skills fresh in mind.

Practical training is not a part of LAS 301/302/303

Practical training offered at Dyreavdelingen-UiB 1-1 or in small group (max 5-6) Rodents

  • Handling rodents
  • Restrain of rodents
  • Blood sampling in rodents
  • Injection techniques in rodent (im, ip, iv, sc) in rodents
  • Anesthesia
  • Euthanasia of rodents
  • Sexing of rodents
  • Dress code in the animal facility
  • Anesthesia – safety check of equipment
  • Preparation for sterile surgery
  • Training using alternative methods to animals

Contact prosedyrer@viv.uib.no for appoinment

Practical training without use of animals is available on our alternative lab.

Course fee 2020

The course fee for 2019 is 5300 NOK per course.