Carrying out procedures (Function A), species-specific

Compulsory courses for all working with laboratory animals and who do not have previous qualifications in laboratory animal science. The courses are species-specific and include the C and D functions.

EU modules 1-8 and 20-22.

  • Function A theory
  • Function A theory and skills

Minor procedures that not requires anesthesia. If your procedures require surgery or anaesthesia, see procedures requiring surgery and anaesthesia.

For all courses below:

  • Successful completion of the course will grant you a course certificate.
  • The course is for those who do not have previous qualifications in laboratory animal science for the specific specie or need to document their previous qualifications.
  • All students at research education level are awarded 3.0 university credits for successful completion of the course.
  • All submitted online applications will be processed once a week, wednesdays 07.30 am-4.00 pm. You will receive an e-mail when the course activities are available for you in Canvas. Courses start continuously online.
  • Make sure your application is complete! If the application form is not properly completed it will not be processed. Applications where no proper ZZ reference code, project number or a valid KI email/official email address have been entered will not be considered. Do not use your private e-mail address in the application form. 

Rodents and lagomorphs

A compulsory course in laboratory animal science for doctoral students, post docs, and researchers at Karolinska Institutet who will work with rodents or lagomorphs.

The course consists of a theoretical, web-based component, and a practical component. You need to pass both parts of the course before you can start working with rodents or lagomorphs in an animal facility.

The course is equivalent to a FELASA B level (Directive Function A, D - EU Directive 2010/63 art. 23-26).

Fish and cyclostomes

When you are planning to work or conduct research with zebrafish or cyclostomes at Karolinska Institutet, you first need to pass two compulsory courses in laboratory animal science.

Compulsory courses - 1 and 2

  1. "Laboratory Animal Science for Researchers – fish" teaches about the use of zebrafish and cyclostomes as laboratory animals. The course is aimed at those who do not have previous qualifications in laboratory animal science, or who need to document their qualifications. The course consists of a theoretical, web-based component, and a practical component. To have access to the fish research facility, you need to complete both components of the course.
  2. "Swedish Legislation, Ethics and Animal Use" teaches about Swedish legislation and ethics in research with animal experiments. The course is web-based. You need to pass the course before you may proceed with the practical component of the course "Laboratory Animal Science for Researchers - fish".

Practicals

The practical skills module of the Laboratory Animal Science course and its subsequent examination are based on defined practical learning outcomes, specifically designed for work with zebrafish.

Practical education at the Zebrafish Corefacility can be scheduled to meet the applicants schedule.

For the practicals at the Zebrafish Corefacility contact lars.braeutigam@ki.se.

For practicals with cyclostomes contact brita.robertson@ki.se or peter.wallen@ki.se at Neuro.

Aquatic amphibians

When you are planning to work or conduct research with aquatic salamander at Karolinska Institutet, you need first to pass two compulsory courses in laboratory animal science.

Compulsory courses - 1 and 2

  1. "Laboratory Animal Science for Researchers – aquatic amphibians" teaches about the use of aquatic amphibians as a laboratory animal. The course is aimed at those who do not have previous qualifications in laboratory animal science, or who need to document their qualifications. The course consists of a theoretical, web-based component, and a practical component. You need to pass both components of the course before you may start working with aquatic amphibians in an animal facility.
  2. "Swedish Legislation, Ethics and Animal Use" teaches about Swedish legislation and ethics in research with animal experiments. The course is web-based. You need to pass the course before you may proceed with the practical component of the course "Laboratory Animal Science for Researchers - aquatic salamander".

Practicals

The practical skills module of the Laboratory Animal Science course and its subsequent examination are based on defined practical learning outcomes, specifically designed for work with aquatic salamander.

For the practicals, please contact matthew.kirkham@ki.se or andras.simon@ki.se at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at Karolinska Institutet.

Pigs

A compulsory course in laboratory animal science for doctoral students, post docs, and researchers at Karolinska Institutet who will work with pigs.

The course consists of a theoretical, web-based component, and a practical component. You need to pass both parts of the course before you can start working with pigs in an animal facility.

The course is equivalent to a FELASA B level (Directive Function A, D - EU Directive 2010/63 art. 23-26).

Non-human primates

A compulsory course for doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers who will work with non-human primates at Karolinska Institutet.

The course consists of:

  • a theoretical, web-based component
  • practicals where different procedures will be demonstrated.

Note: No physical contact with the animals will occur during the practicals.

​You need to pass both parts of the course before you can start working with primates at KM-F (Astrid Fagraeus Laboratory).

The course is the equivalent of a FELASA B level (Directive Function A, D - EU Directive 2010/63 art. 23-26) but is not formally accredited by FELASA.

Apply for the course

Register for Function A – to carry out minor procedures on laboratory animals (all species).

Course fee

The course is free for doctoral students and postdocs registered at Karolinska Institutet.

For the rest of KI participants is 5 900 SEK (including INDI), and for externals is 9 900 SEK (excluding VAT).

Accepted qualification from an EU member state

For those coming from abroad with a mutual accepted qualification from an EU Member State, please see Swedish legislation & ethics.

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