Function B – to design procedures and projects involving research animals

A compulsory training course in laboratory animal science for those who are responsible for project licence applications, and are planning and designing experiments in research projects using laboratory animals.

Surgery or anaesthesia

If your procedures require surgery or anaesthesia, please see Education in laboratory animal science.

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If you need to take the course elsewhere or another time, please check this list of FELASA-accredited course.

About the course

EU modules 1-2, 9-11.

This course is mandatory for those who are responsible for project license applications, and are planning and designing animal experiments. The course is FELASA-accredited and follows the specific learning outcomes for Function B modules in accordance with the EC Education and Training Framework, recently endorsed by the Swedish L150 (SJVFS 2017:40).

The course program has been arranged in accordance with FELASA recommendations and the latest EU guidelines for the education and training of persons designing procedures and projects using animals (i.e. Function B). It is subject to FELASA accreditation for Function B-specific modules EU 7, EU 9, EU 10 and EU 11.

LAS CPD credits: 3 credits.

In this course, five major areas will be covered:

  • Regulations affecting the use of laboratory animals.
  • Ethics, animal welfare and the 3Rs.
  • Procedures on animals (focus on rodents, but other species will be covered as well).
  • Experimental design of animal studies.
  • Good scientific practice in animal research.

Please note: Although general principles of this course applies to a wide range of species, the focus is rodents.

Admission

We admit no more than 16 students per course. Priority will be given to postdocs and senior researchers over doctoral students. Admissions will be handled on first come, first served basis. Only fully- and properly-completed applications will be considered.

Prerequisites for admission

To apply for the Function B course you need:

a) Bachelor or Candidate degree of at least 180 credits in biomedicine, biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, medicine or the equivalent, and

b) Function A level of competence or equivalent, e.g. Laboratory Animal Science for Researchers or FELASA Category B.

Examination

Final examination consist of a written examination and assessment of group work. Participants will pass or fail this course.

Admission fee

Free of charge for doctoral students and postdocs at KI. For the rest of KI participants is 7820 SEK (including INDI).

For external participants is 9900 SEK (excluding VAT).

Autumn 2021

Course dates: August 31 - October 6.

Registration: Apply for autumn 2021 here

Spring 2022

Course dates: March 8-April 13.

Registration: Apply for spring 2022 here

Registration conditions

Participants: 24.

The course requires a minimum of 10 participants to be organized. In the event of a course being cancelled, the LAS E&T Unit will contact you as soon as possible and participants will receive a full refund.

Cancellation policy

We require a formal cancellation notification. No-shows or late cancellations (within two weeks prior to the first course day) will be charged a fee of 4000 SEK. To cancel your attendance, e-mail the LAS Education&Training Unit at las-edu@km.ki.se.