At Comparative Medicine we deal with all aspects of activities concerned with experimental animals in research at Karolinska Institutet.
Veterinarians, technicians, biomedical scientists, teachers and administrative personnel work here. We provide service and guidance on experimental animal issues for researchers, doctoral students and other employees of Karolinska Institutet.
We also offer some of our services to those who research, study or work at other educational institutions or research laboratories in Sweden.
Animal experiments at Karolinska Institutet
The mission of Karolinska Institutet is to improve people's health through research and education. Basic and clinical research contribute to develop new forms of treatment.
Some of the research is carried out using test-tube experiments. But it is not yet possible to replace all use of experimental animals in research with alternative methods.
Research and experiments conducted on animals is strictly regulated and is governed by Swedish and EU legislation on animal protection. In order to be allowed to perform an animal experiment in Sweden it is necessary first to apply for permission from an animal experimental ethics committee, which conducts an ethical review of the experiment. Representatives of researchers and laypeople sit on the animal experimental ethical committees and it is their task to weigh up the effect on the animals against the benefit of the research.