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Training

Only educated and trained, qualified personnel are allowed to do animal experiments and take care of the animals. A person carrying out an animal experiment is competent, when he/she has completed a laboratory animal course. Animal caretaker must complete the professional examination or he/she must gain the professional skills with working experience.

In Finland, we are following EU Directive´s (2010/63/EU) minimum requirements to education and training and the requirements for obtaining, maintaining and demonstrating requisite competence for the functions A, B, C and D:

(a) carrying out procedures on animals
(b) designing procedures and projects
(c) taking care of animals
(d) killing animals

EU's Education and training framework

 

Education at the University of Helsinki:

The use of animals in research: course for people carrying out procedures (2-3 credits)


Laboratory Animal Centre arranges a Function A course for researchers "The use of animals in research: the course for the person carrying out procedures on animals" twice a year in English. The course gives legal competence to carry out procedures with mice or rats or with both species (according to Act 497/2013, Decree 564/2013 and Directive 2010/63/EU).The course is accreditated by FELASA - the Federation of Laboratory Animal Science Associations


The main topics in the course:


National and European legislation
Ethics and 3Rs
Comparative physiology and anatomy, basic biology (mice and rats)
Genetic quality and GMO
Nutrition
Basic design of procedures and projects
Handling, sampling and procedures in theory, dose calculations
Husbandry and care, enrichment and welfare, transportation
Animal health management and hygiene
Occupational health and safety
Anesthesia, analgesia, pain and distress, humane endpoints, euthanasia
Perioperative care, hygiene practicals

Practical exercises with chosen species include the handlings, techniques and euthanasia of animals.

Next course: March 2018

 

The use of animals in research: course for people designing procedures and projects (3 credits)

Laboratory Animal Centre arranges a Functon B course for researchers "The use of animals in research: course for people designing procedures and projects" once a year. This course together with the course for the people carrying out procedures on animals and a relevant higher academic degree gives legal competence (according to Act 497/2013 and Decree 564/2013) to design procedures and projects. The course for the person carrying out procedures on animals must be completed in order to be accepted into this course.

Next course: Autumn 2018

 

Further information: niina.kemppinen-at-helsinki.fi

 

Other educational events:

FinLAS Seminar on 23 November 2017

Model Organisms Course 3 ECTS, 15.-19.1.2018