Education and training in laboratory animal science

Adequate education in the principles of modern Laboratory Animal Science, and species-specific training in the procedures to be used, are prerequisites for good animal welfare. Animals living in harmony with their surroundings will also deliver the most reliable scientific data in an experiment.

The requirements for education and training have changed dramatically over the years, not least due to changes in European legislation, which have triggered changes in Norwegian law. These changes in legislation are described on a separate page.

If you need guidance on planning animal research and testing, please see the PREPARE guidelines.

If you are looking for alternatives to animal use in education or training, please use the NORINA database.

Guidance on a Common Education and Training Framework to fulfil the requirements of EU Directive 2010/63 has been published by the EU Commission, including details of a modular system for reaching the learning outcomes.

Courses in Laboratory Animal Science, compendia, films and slide shows, and other teaching materials are described on other pages.

Norecopa's Webinar and Meetings Calendar also contains information on upcoming courses, and past events (to give you an idea of the location of education providers).

FELASA accreditation of education and training courses in laboratory animal science according to the Directive 2010/63/EU

Schoolchildren and students writing projects on the use of animals in research will find more information here and, among other places, in the section on Ethics.

Tours of laboratory animal facilities

Centre for Laboratory Animal Training (CeLAT), Copenhagen

ETPLAS (Education and Training Platform for Laboratory Animal Science) (a flyer can be downloaded here)

Courses offered by the Fondazione Guido Bernardini (FGB)

ETRIS (Education and Training Resources in In-Vivo Sciences)

InVeST (International Veterinary Simulation in Teaching)

NOVICE (Network of Veterinarians in Continuing Education)

The Annual Veterinary Education Symposium (VetEd)

LASA has compiled a DOPS website (Direct Observation of Procedural/Practical Skills). DOPS are a well-defined mechanism to measure the competence of an individual in a procedure or practical task.

This page was updated on 04 October 2021

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