The Laboratory Animal Facility
Personell and competence for animal reserach

Training in Laboratory Animal Science

All those who use animals in research must have education and practice in accordance with the Regulation on the use of animals in experiments (Annex E) (Forskrift om bruk av dyr i forsøk, vedlegg E). The training must be carried out before designing and performing experiments, caring for or euthanizing animals, and includes both theory and practice. There are also requirements for documentation of competence through continuous practice and education. The Laboratory Animal Facility offers both theoretical courses, practical training and refresher courses, for students, employees and external parties.

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Training for animal studies

Training on the use of animals in research With the implementation of EU Directive 2010/63, a new classification system* was introduced for personnel working with animals in experiments.

Requirements for technical skills (“skills”) apply to people who will perform procedures on animals (Function A, C and D).

People who plan experiments, but do not themselves perform procedures (Function B), must know these procedures, what impact they have on the animals, and how to perform procedures in the most refined way - but they do not need to demonstrate that they master them in practice.

Everyone who is to have access to the Laboratory Animal Department at K1, UiB must document that training has begun.

To apply for experiments in FOTS (Laboatory Animal Administration’s Supervision and Application System) or participate in experiments, you must have completed a theoretical subject (course) and practice, and be able to document this.

If you have a course in laboratory animal science from other countries, parts of this may be approved by the staff veterinarian. You must then complete a self-study program with national regulations, this includes a test. See more information in the separate tab “Courses from abroad”.

* This classification replaces the previous FELASA categories 
** The combination of LAS301+302 will be replaced by CAREIN from 2024 

Who needs training?

People who design animal studies, perform procedures on or care for animals must have training.

People who plan and design experiments with animals (“function B”) must have completed CAREiN/LAS301+302 (rodents, pig) or LAS303 (fish), or equivalent, depending on which animal the experiment contains.

People who are to perform procedures (“function A”) must in addition to the courses mentioned above work under supervision in the procedures they are to perform until they can demonstrate that they master these.

People who are to euthanize animals (“function D”) must also go through theory equivalent to CAREiN or LAS301/303 and guided practice in the euthanasia methods to be used.

Everyone involved in experiments with animals must maintain and document competence through continuous practice and education. It is recommended to take a refresher course after at most 5 years. The Animal Department arranges update courses, see separate tab “Refresher Courses”. 

Content of the training 

The training we offer in laboratory animal science is the LAS subjects and CAREiN. These subjects (courses) contain interdisciplinary science that contributes to ethically defensible, humane use of experimental animals and collection of informative, objective and reproducible data.

The subjects include topics such as legislation, ethics, the animals’ inherent properties, influence of the external environment and procedures we perform and how we design studies.

In the course of a subject, you will acquire knowledge about laboratory animals and demonstrate that you can apply knowledge to problem solving e.g. when planning your own experiments, giving an assessment of and input to specific plans for animal experiments or assessing the quality of others’ studies with animals.

For more information about content, we refer to the subject descriptions:

It is assumed that the students have basic knowledge in anatomy and physiology of the relevant species.

All subjects consist of preparations (e-lectures, online material), knowledge tests, gatherings, group assignments and exams.

It is expected that participants spend time both before and after lectures for self-studies, group work and exam preparation.

To pass the subjects, participation in compulsory activities and exams is required. 

Planned course dates autumn 2024 and spring 2025 

    LAS301 - H 2024 - See tenative plan on this link

      CAREIN - (rodents, pig and modelfish)

      • Week 34-44 2024- see own page for more information

      LAS - Refresher course

      • Week 8 2025

      LAS303/LAS603 (fish module)

      • Next time spring 2025

      Training in practical skills

      The animal facility offers practical training in basic techniques such as handling, restrain, blood sampling (V. Saphena), injection techniques, catheter insertion and organ removal in rodents.

      We can also offer practical training on the start-up and control of anesthetic gas devices, sterile draping and aseptic procedures during surgery.

      Other practical training in addition to this is usually provided by the insurance group or on external, specialized courses.

      Due to the limited staff during summer, practical training will not be carried out during the week 24-34

      You can still register your need for training  - and we will contact you for the next practical training opportunity

      Link to registration for practical training by Dyreavdelingen

      More information and registration 

      LAS courses:

      UiB students and PhD candidates must register via Studentweb within the usual deadlines for semester registration.

      It is possible for students and PhD candidates at other institutions of higher education in Norway, as well as persons affiliated with university hospitals, to apply for visiting scholar right to study, to follow these subjects - see The Faculty of Medicine’s information on guest students.

      For all other groups, we offer the Laboratory Animal Science subjects through the Continous Education (EVU). See more information about the courses we offer here:


      Everyone who wants to follow CAREiN must apply for a space on the course. More information can be found on CAREIN’s own pages: CAREIN information.

      ECTS credits

      Practical training is needs-based and does not give ECTS credits at UiB

      Refresher Course

      Everyone who has a course from before 1/7-2015 or for more than 5 years ago, or has been away from the laboratory animal field for a longer period should take a refresher course.

      The refresher course consists of preparations in the form of self-studies and 1/2 day gathering.

      The next refresher course will take place in week 8 2025.

      Interested? you can register here. Note that this is only an interest list, and more information will be sent out to registered persons and e-mails. 

      Courses from abroad

      Persons who have FELASA-accredited or equivalent courses from abroad must complete a course in national legislation and ethics in order to work at the Laboratory Animal Facility at UiB. The staff veterinarian assesses and can approve parts of previous education. You must then complete a self-study program with national regulations, this includes a test.

      Attach your course certificates and send a message to aurora.bronstad[a]uib.no