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Laboratory Animal Centre



The Laboratory Animal Centre (LAC) of the University of Helsinki is a common service institute of the university’s faculties and independent institutions, and its duties are:

  • Produce and provide laboratory animals for research and training
  • Assist researchers to plan and carry out animal experiments
  • Follow and enforce the development of the national and international legislation and guidelines of the laboratory animal science and instruct researcher communities to attend them
  • Look after that the ethical principles of the laboratory animal science are fulfilled at the University of Helsinki
  • Get acquainted with the methods of the laboratory animal production and care, follow the development of the laboratory animal science, and contribute the co-operation with other laboratory animal institutions in Finland and abroad
  • Contribute co-operation with the economic life and establish research contracts and standing orders concerning the laboratory animal use
  • Provide professional up-dating and post-graduate education in laboratory animal science
  • Instruct and make statements and research assistance concerning laboratory animal use


LAC has facilities in Viikki (in F-building, Biocenter 3 and Lagre Animal Unit) and in Meilahti (Biomedicum). In its units, LAC provides appropriate animal facilities for mice, rats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, sheep, swine, poultry, cats and dogs.

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