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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.

 

Next course:

The use of animals in research: course for persons carrying out procedures (2-3 credits) 26.2.-23.3.2018


Laboratory Animal Centre arranges a course for researchers "The use of animals in research: the course for the person carrying out procedures on animals" at 26 Feb – 23 Mar 2018. This 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 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 practical

The lectures will be on February 26 - 27 and March 5 - 7, 2018 (5 days, 35 hours, 100% attendance mandatory) and the hands-on-exercises in weeks 11 and 12 (1 day/species/student). The exam will be on March 23.
Practical exercises with chosen species include the handlings, techniques and euthanasia of animals.

PROGRAM

The course fee is dictated by the chosen species (For external customers, 24% VAT will be added to the sum of the invoice):

  UH Outside UH
Only lectures 220 € 440 €
Mouse 270 € 540 €
Rat 300 € 600 €
Both species 320 € 640 €

Plain theory gives 2 ECTS credits, theory + one species hands-on-exercise 2,5 ECTS credits, theory + two species hands-on-exercise 3 ECTS credits.

PhD students and researchers working at the University of Helsinki are first in line to participate in the course. Places are available on first come, first served bases.

Binding course registrations at December 18, 2017 - February 9, 2018:

1. Registered students at the University of Helsinki, by WebOodi (course code 955001)
2. Others: e-form https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/85074/lomake.html

Please include to your registration

1. Billing information
2. Are you going to carry out the course with a mouse, a rat or both species
3. Shortly, why you need the course.

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

 

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

 

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