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

Course for people car­ry­ing out pro­ced­ures in 2023

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.

 

The theory of the course is carried out on-line by e-learning material in Moodle and it can be started at any time. The calculated working time to go through and learn the material is about 50 hours. 

The exams are arranged on site in Viikki campus once a month as follows in 2023. The material and the tasks in Moodle must be carried out before the exam.
 

The exam dates and deadlines for the teaching material in Moodle in 2023:

SEPTEMBER

On-line material ready at the latest: Thu 7.9.2023
Exam date: Mon 11.9.2023 (at 9-11)

OCTOBER

On-line material ready at the latest: Thu 12.10.2023
Exam date: Mon 16.10.2023 (at 9-11)

NOVEMBER

On-line material ready at the latest: Thu 9.11.2023
Exam date: Mon 13.11.2023 (at 9-11)

DECEBMER

On-line material ready at the latest: Thu 14.12.2023
Exam date: Mon 18.12.2023 (at 9-11)

 

The exam must be passed in order to participate in the animal exercises. Those of the participants that will use rats, can also participate in the rat exercises, but those are not arranged in every month. Practical exercises include the handling techniques, procedures, anaesthesia and euthanasia of animals.
 

The dates reserved for the animal exercises in 2023:

SEPTEMBER
Mon 25.9.2023, mouse (at 9-16)

OCTOBER
Mon 30.10.2023, mouse (at 9-16), Tue 31.10.2023, rat (at 9-16)

NOVEMBER
Mon 27.11.2023, mouse (at 9-16) (spare day Tue 28.11.2023)

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

UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

Only online theory 165 EUR
One species 235 EUR
Two species 295 EUR

EXTERNAL CUSTOMERS

Only online theory 330 EUR
One species 470 EUR
Two species 590 EUR

The course gives 2,5 ECTS credits.

PhD students and researchers working at the University of Helsinki are first in line to participate in the course.

Binding course registration starts on 27 December, 2022:

Fill the e-form https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/121453/lomake.html

Registered students at the University of Helsinki, can register also to Sisu (course code 955003)

Please include to your registration:

1. Billing information (Only registrations with complete billing information will be confirmed!)
2. Are you going to carry out the exercises with a mouse, a rat or both species
3. Shortly, why you need the course. Especially, if you will carry out the rat exercise, please tell, what you are going to do with rats.

The online registrations are checked and confirmed on Mondays (NB! New registrations are not checked in July!). Only forms that are properly filled, will be processed.
 

Further information: Niina Kemppinen

Studies for EU Modules 1, 2 and 10

Those, who are using for research purposes birds, fish or reptiles, or are carrying out procedures on animals on clinical trials (i.e. veterinarians), 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 car­ry­ing out pro­ced­ures on zebra fish

Laboratory Animal Centre organizes the species specific course for those, who use zebra fish in their research. The course includes the on-line theory and practical exercises with zebra fish.

The theory of the course is carried out by e-learning material in Moodle and it can be started at any time. The calculated working time to go through and learn the material is about 14 hours. 

The course includes the common modules 1, 2 and 10 and species specific modules 3 – 8 on zebra fish (you can see the modules under 'Course for people car­ry­ing out pro­ced­ures'). If you have earlier carried out the common modules 1, 2 and 10, you need only the zebra fish theory and exercises.

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

Online theory for modules 1, 2, 10 and zebra fish + practical exercise

UH 160 EUR
External 208 EUR

Online theory only for zebra fish + practical exercise 

UH 120 EUR
External 156 EUR

 

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 course for researchers “The use of animals in research: course for people designing procedures and projects” at 3 – 21 November 2023. 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 people carrying out procedures on animals (Functions A&D) must be completed in order to be accepted into this course.

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

The course covers the following EU Modules:

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 theory is arranged in Moodle platform with a self-study material and in addition to that, the participants must carry out two group work exercises. Introductions to exercises and group work presentations will be arranged on site in Viikki campus.

The course gives 2,5 ECTS credits and it contains mandatory lectures on 3 November, group works and mandatory days for group work presentations (20 and 21 November).

Fri 3 November, 2023

  9-11 Introduction to the article exercise (Vootele Voikar)
12-15 Introduction to project license and non-technical summary (NTS) exercise (Anna Meller)

Mon 20 November, 2023

9-12 Group work presentations (article exercise) (Vootele Voikar)

Tue 21 November, 2023

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

The course fee is 130 EUR for the students and staff at the UH and 260 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 between 7 August - 27 October, 2023: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/124672/lomakkeet.html

Further information: Niina Kemppinen