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Education in laboratory animal science

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

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.

Educational requirements

Everyone must be adequately educated, trained and competent before working with animals at Karolinska Institutet. The knowledge must be species-specific. The requisite competence must be obtained, maintained (via continuing professional development - CPD) and demonstrated (upon request). Read about the educational requirements for animal experimentation.

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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".

Specializing courses

Procedures requiring surgery and anaesthesia, phenotyping, etc. The aim of the courses is to follow the learning outcomes acknowledged for Function A. Major procedures.

Continuing professional development (CPD) opportunitie

Seminars, workshops and professional activites. 

Contact us

The Education & Training Unit at Comparative Medicine