LAS Education and 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

Course for people car­ry­ing out pro­ced­ures

Laboratory Animal Centre arranges an on-line course of EU Functions A & D in English for the people who use mice and/or rats in their research. The course gives rights to carry out procedures on mice or rats or both species (according to Finnish Act 497/2013 and Decree 564/2013, and EU Directive 2010/63/EU).

The course follows the EU Modules that are included in Functions A & D (carrying out procedures and killing animals):

Module 1: National legislation
Module 2: Ethics, animal welfare and the Three Rs (level 1)
Module 3.1: Basic and appropriate biology – species specific (theory)
Module 3.2: Basic and appropriate biology – species specific (practical)
Module 4: Animal care, health and management – species specific (theory)
Module 5: Recognition of pain, suffering and distress – species specific
Module 6.1: Humane methods of killing - species specific (theory)
Module 6.2: Humane methods of killing - species specific (skills)
Module 7: Minimally invasive procedures without anaesthesia – species specific (theory)
Module 8: Minimally invasive procedures without anaesthesia – species specific (skills)
Module 10: Design of procedures and projects (level 1)
Module 20: Anaesthesia for minor procedures
Module 21: Advanced anaesthesia for surgical or prolonged procedures
Module 22: Principles of surgery

The course is accredited by FELASA - the Federation of Laboratory Animal Science Associations.

NEXT COURSE IN 2023
Information is coming soon.

Further information: Niina Kemppinen

Modules 1, 2 and 10

Studies for EU Modules 1, 2 and 10 (users of the other species)

Those, who are using for research purposes other species than the laboratory rodents, can carry out the EU Modules 1 (National legislation), 2 (Ethics and 3Rs / level 1) and 10 (Design of procedures and projects).

The theory of the course is arranged in Moodle platform with self-study material and it can be carried out at any time.

The course fee is 60 EUR for the students and staff at the UH and for external customers 120 EUR (+24% VAT). Billing information must be included in the registration.

Further information and registration: Niina Kemppinen

Course for people design­ing pro­ced­ures and pro­jects

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 Finnish Act 497/2013 and Decree 564/2013) to design procedures and projects in Finland. The course for the person carrying out procedures on animals must be completed previously in order to be accepted into this course.

EU Modules included to Function B (designing procedures and projects):

Module 9: Ethics, animal welfare and the Three Rs (level 2)
Module 10: Design of procedures and projects (level 1)
Module 11: Design of procedures and projects (level 2)

The use of animals in research: course for people designing procedures and projects (2,5 credits) 7th – 22nd November 2022

The use of animals in research: course for people designing procedures and projects (2,5 credits) 7th – 22nd November 2022

Laboratory Animal Centre arranges a course for researchers “The use of animals in research: course for people designing procedures and projects” at 7th - 22nd November 2022. 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.

The course covers the EU Modules 9, 10 and 11. The theory is arranged in Moodle platform with a self-study material and besides that, the participants must carry out two group work exercises, and watch the presentations and make a summary of the webinar “Navigating the guidelines and principles for best practice in animal research”.

Introductions to exercises and group work presentations will be arranged on site in Viikki campus and with Zoom connection.

Mon 7th November

  9-11 Introduction to article exercise and webinar summary
12-15 Introduction to project license and non-technical summary (NTS) exercise

Mon 21th November

9-12 Group work presentations (article exercise)

Tue 22th  November

9-12 Group work presentations  (project license and non-technical summary (NTS) exercise)

The course gives 2,5 ECTS credits and it contains mandatory introductions on 7th November, group works and mandatory days for group work presentations (21st and 22nd November).  

The course fee is 100 EUR for the students and staff at the UH and 200 EUR for others. Billing information must be included in the registration.

The maximum number of students is 12. Places are available on first come, first served bases.

Binding course registrations are made by e-form https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/118930/lomake.html
between 1st Sep - 31st October, 2022.

Further information: Niina Kemppinen