Education in laboratory animal science

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Education in laboratory animal science is compulsory for those who intend to work and conduct research with laboratory animals at Karolinska institutet. 

Comparative Medicine offers courses in laboratory animal science to students, doctoral students, researchers, and animal technicians at Karolinska Institutet and from other scientific institutions. 

Our vision is to provide the best possible training in laboratory animal science in Sweden. We are continuously looking to develop our existing course portfolio in addition to creating new courses in the area of laboratory animal science.

The LAS Education & Training unit offers species-specific courses in the functions*. 

* Article 23 of the Directive on the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes 2010/63/EU  recognises competence of personnel required to carry out four functions, designated A, B, C, and D.

Perform procedures (Function A, including C and D)

Compulsory courses for all persons working with laboratory animals and who do not have previous formal education in laboratory animal science. Species-specific. Minor procedures included. 

Swedish legislation & ethics

A web-based course for Swedish legislation and ethics only. Required for participation in all other courses in laboratory animal science, and is mandatory for all persons from countries other than Sweden, or when recommended by the Education & Training Unit.

Design and supervise experiments and projects (Function B)

Emphasis on rodents and rabbits. Pre-requisite: Function A course. Both major and minor procedures are offered, but for major you can go directly to "Procedures requiring surgery and anaesthesia". 

Procedures requiring surgery and anaesthesia

The aim of these courses is to follow the learning outcomes acknowledged for Function B. Major procedures. 

Continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities (seminars, workshops, professional activites) 

Required: 5 hours/year (function C), 10 hours/year (function A), 15 hours/year (function B), 20 hours/year (special roles)

Contact us

The Education & Training Unit at Comparative Medicine


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