The NORINA database

NORINA (A Norwegian Inventory of Alternatives) is an English-language database containing information on approximately 3,000 audiovisual aids that may be used as alternatives or supplements to the use of animals in education and training, including dissection alternatives, at all levels from Junior School to University.  The information in the database has been collected from 1991 onwards.

The database is built into this website and the search engine at the top of all the pages performs searches in it automatically - use the filters in the right hand margin to adjust your search.

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Here is a list of dissection alternatives.

Please let us know if you find outdated information or wish to make us aware of products not cited in NORINA.

Norecopa maintains five other additional databases:

  1. 3R Guide, covering 3R-resources of use to those planning or conducting animal experiments (databases, guidelines, information centres, email lists, journals)
  2. TextBase covering literature within laboratory animal science and alternatives
  3. Classic AVs (a subset of NORINA covering audiovisuals using older technology)
  4. An Inventory of 3Rs Knowledge Sources produced by the EU Commission
  5. An Inventory of 3Rs Education and Training Courses and Resources produced by the EU Commission

NORINA was created and developed by Senior Consultant Karina Smith at the Laboratory Animal Unit at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science. NORINA was taken over by Norecopa in 2011. The project is now financed by Nordisk Samfunn mot Smertevoldende Dyreforsøk and is maintained by Elisabeth Pagels. The project has also received a donation from the Stiansen Foundation.

A multimedia room at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science

In 2009 a Multimedia Room and Training Clinic was opened at the Veterinary School, furnished with products listed in the NORINA database, and for the use of veterinary students and veterinary nurse students.

For more information about the NORINA database, please contact

Awards won by the NORINA database

Thanks to all the sponsors of NORINA.

Articles describing NORINA and related databases:

The NORINA database of alternatives

Databases on alternatives: What is available and how are they used?

While we make every effort to keep the information in these databases updated, we cannot accept responsibility for factual errors, including availability and price.
We do not supply the products in NORINA or TextBase ourselves. Please always contact the supplier for the latest information before you order.

Records in NORINA: 3388

Examples of products cited in NORINA

Other references


This page was updated on 14 May 2024

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