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Training in Laboratory Animal Science - Information and registation

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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Here you will find information about reserach animal courses at UiB

Training in animals in studies – why do you need so?

Persons who will work with experimental animals must be trained in accordance with Appendix E of the Regulations on the use of animals in experiments before they design experiments, carry out experiments, care for animals or euthanize animals.

• With the implementation of EU directive 2010/63, a new classification system* was introduced for personnel who work with animals in experiments.

• Requirements for technical skills ("skills") apply to people who will perform procedures on animals (Groups A, B and D).

• People who plan experiments but do not carry out procedures themselves (group B) must know these procedures and their impact on animals, but do not need to demonstrate mastery of them in practice.

The European Commission made a framework for the training of laboratory animal personnel adapted to EU Directive 2010/63 which you can download here.

Everyone who is to have access to the Animal Department-UiB must document that training has begun

To apply for or be a project collaborator in animal studies in FOTS, you must have completed the entire educational program (CAREiN, LAS 301+302 or document equivalent education at another educational institution).

If you have education from another country, parts of it can be approved by the experimental animal veterinarian. Nevertheless, you must go through a self-study program - including a test - with a focus on national regulations.

* the new classification system replaces the previous FELASA-categories

Training objectives  - Laboratory Animal Science

Laboratory animal science (LAS) is an interdisciplinary branch of science that contributes to the ethically responsible and humane use of laboratory animals and the collection of informative, objective and reproducible data. This includes knowledge of legislation, ethics, the animals' inherent characteristics, their external environment, the importance of various and how we design the studies.

On the course, the students will acquire knowledge about laboratory animals and demonstrate that they can apply their knowledge to problem solving, for example when planning their own experiments, giving an assessment of and input to specific plans for animal experiments or assessing the quality of other people's studies in animals.

The training program includes:

• Laws and regulations governing the use of experimental animals.
• Knowledge of ethical issues when using laboratory animals. Know what lies in the principle of compensation, reduction and improvement (3R), know how to search for information about this, how and how to apply these principles in practice
• Understand how various factors affect the results of animal experiments, how it affects background noise and uncertainty in research results and how to control and minimize the effects of these factors
• The candidate must have knowledge of the animal species(s) they will use in their studies, including how they are produced and what is meant by different "qualities", genetics, biology and microbiological quality.
• The candidate must know external factors that include the animals' environment and procedures such as anaesthesia, surgery and animal handling as these have a direct impact on experimental results
• One must become familiar with the HSE aspects of working with animals - particularly with attention to the development of allergies and other biological, physical and chemical risk factors related to working with animals.
• Furthermore, students must have knowledge of the planning and design of animal experiments and how this influences the number of animals, the amount of information and conclusions we can draw from our experiments.

It is a prerequisite that the students have basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

Who must be trained?

People who design animal studies or perform procedures on animals must be trained. This also applies to those who care for the animals.

  • People who plan and design experiments with animals ("function B") must have a fulfill CAREiN/LAS301+302 (rodents, pig) or LAS303 (fish). The students must acquire knowledge about laboratory animals and demonstrate that they can apply the knowledge in a new context, for example when planning their own experiments or giving an assessment/input on specific plans for animal experiments.
  • Persons who perform procedures ("function A") must, in addition to the theoretical courses mentioned above, work under guidance until they master the procedures they are to perform. The supervisor must document that the person in question is able to carry out procedures alone.
  • Persons who are only to kill animals ("function D") must also undergo theory in addition to LAS 301 and guided practice in the killing methods they will use.
  • Everyone who do animal studies must maintain and document competence trough continuous practice and education

Planned course dates 2023

Courses in 2023 and registration options will be announced here

Course schedule

The courses consist of preparations (e-lectures, online material), knowledge tests, assemblies, group assignments and exam.

The candidate must allocate time for preparation before the face-to-face sessions, group work and exam preparations. To get the course approved, participation in compulsory activities and an exam is required.

Credits

The new credit calculation for 2016 entails the following changes:

  • LAS301: 6 credits
  • LAS302/303: 4 credits
  • CAREiN: 8 credits

Practical training does not give study credits

Refresher courses

Anyone who has a course from before 1, July 2015 or more than 5 years ago, or who has been away from laboratory animal activity for a longer period should take a refresher course.

• The course consists of preparations such as self-studies and a 1/2 day assembly

• The next course runs

  • 10 January 2023 (rodents/lab animals) o
  • January 11, 2023 (fish)

Link to registration here

Training from an institution outside Norway

Persons who have a FELASA-accredited or equivalent course from abroad must complete courses in national legislation and ethics to work at the Animal Facility – UiB.

This is a self-study course. Attach your course certificates and send an e-mail to aurora.bronstad@uib.no