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Educational requirements for animal experimentation

Since the 1st of January 2013 it is mandatory to have basic education in laboratory animal science before being permitted to work with laboratory animals.

Everyone must be adequately educated, trained and competent before working with animals at KI. The knowledge must be species-specific. The requisite competence must be obtained, maintained (via continuing professional development – CPD) and demonstrated (upon request).

Legal requirements

According to Directive 2010/63/EU (Legislation for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes), staff working with animals for specific purposes must be adequately educated and trained.

  • Function A – carrying out procedures
  • Function B – designing procedures or projects
  • Function C – taking care of animals
  • Function D – humanely euthanizing animals (Function D alone not applicable in Sweden)

The Laboratory Animal Science Education & Training Unit is in charge of keeping training and competence records in laboratory animal science. 


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

Education obtained abroad

If you have education and training in Laboratory Animal Science obtained abroad and officially recognized in another EU Member State, you may send your records to the LAS Education & Training Unit at Comparative Medicine. If your LAS education and training has not included topics on Swedish legislation, you generally need to complete the course in Swedish legislation, ethics and animal use.

In some cases you may also need the full Function A course or Function B course. If you intend to carry out work or design projects on different animal species, you may need to complete the species-specific Function A or B course.