The Laboratory Animal Facility

Animal Welfare Body

The institution shall establish an animal welfare body (AWB) (norw: “Dyrevelferdsenhet”)

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Tasks for the Animal Welfare Body

The animal welfare body shall:

  • Give advice in acquiring, housing, care and use of animals
  • Give advice on compliance with the 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement)
  • Provide information on technical and scientific progress on replacement, reduction and refinement
  • Develop and review internal operation routines to monitor, report on and follow up animal welfare issues, person health and safety and impact on experiments.
  • Monitor how experiments impact animal welfare, person health and safety and impact on experiments.
  • Identify and give advice on factors that contribute to further replacement, reduction and refinement
  • Give advice for rehoming of animals (less relevant at UiB)

A record of all advices and decisions made by the AWB shall be stored for minimum of 3 years and be available on the request from Mattilsynet

Topics discussed in AWB

  • Use of painkillers after surgery
  • Humane endpoints and Scoring Sheet - what do we expect!
  • Microbiological health-status - ensures quality, classification and risk assessment
  • Services provided by the Animal Facility for breeding
  • Single housing of animals 
  • Aseptic procedures for surgery     
  • Use of and change of P2-dust masks
  • Project staartup meeting - review of protocol
  • Riskevaluation


  • Aseptic routines for surgery
  • Batch anesthesia
  • Cleaning of the pig house
  • Testing cell cultures of human origin
  • Use of facial grimace score for evaluation of pain
  • Transport of animals between the units
  • Training of summer-substitutes


  • Enrichment program for pigs
  • Enrichment program for rodents
  • severity assessment and scoring for neurosurgical models in rodents
  • Procedures for sentinel animals
  • Use of cleaning and disinfection
  • Procedures for unpacking animals
  • Regulations for breeding at the animal facility



  • Review of tap water quality at Vivarium
  • Rodent handling made easy
  • Equipment for bulk sterilization of gods – alternative to autoclaves
  • Dispensing category A and B drugs for use in animals
  • Evaluation of routines for PPE in barriers


  • Update contingency plan in light of the Corona-pandemic
  • Rehoming of pigs meant for trauma course
  • New organization of work task
  • Improve solution for storage of pig carcasses – with focus on ergonomics
  • Policies for the use of physical restraint procedures or devices
  • Use of PCR for health monitoring


  • Acclimatization vs Single housing
  • Stressfree handling of rodents
  • Prescription on regulated drugs
  • Water quality for rodents
  • Revision of Score sheets
  • Enrishment for rats
  • Improve animal welfare without compromizin standardization
  • Producing webinars for internal re-training

Members of the AWB 2021

  • Suzanne Brandt – Clinical vet (Chair)
  • Helene Otterå - Animal Care ingeneer/OHS-officer
  • Gry Bernes – Animal Care ingeneer
  • Tine Veronica Karlsen  - Associate Professor, IBM
  • Lise Skålvik Amble - Senior Executive Officer, Study Adviser
  • Aurora Brønstad - Chief veterinarian/Reserarcher (Secretary)

Contact the Animal Welfare Body

The AWB can be contacted using dve@uib.no