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

EU's Education and training framework

Laboratory Animal Centre arranges a Function A & D course for researchers "The use of animals in research: the course for  people carrying out procedures on animals" twice a year in English and once in Finnish. 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.

EU Modules included to 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

 

NEXT COURSE:

The use of animals in research: course for persons carrying out procedures 19.10. - 23.11.2020

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 19 October - 23 November, 2020. This course gives the permission to work 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
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 with pain exercise will be arranged by Zoom on 19 - 21 and 27 - 29 October, 2020 (6 days, 33 hours, 100% attendance mandatory in the lectures and exercises) and the animal hands-on-exercise in small groups in weeks 45 and 47 (1 day/species/student). The exam will be on 23 November, 2020.

Practical exercises with chosen species include the handling techniques, procedures, anaesthesia and euthanasia of animals.

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
Only lectures 240 EUR 480 EUR
Mouse 290 EUR 580 EUR
Rat 320 EUR 640 EUR
Both species 340 EUR 680 EUR

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. The course will be arranged for at minimum 20 participant.

Binding course registrations at 16 September -  9 October, 2020:
1. Registered students at the University of Helsinki, by WebOodi (course code 955001)
2. Others: fill the e-form https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/106899/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.

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

Those, who are using for research purposes the other species than mice and rats, can carry out in the course the EU Modules 1 (National legislation), 2 (Ethics and 3Rs / level 1) and 10 (Design of procedures and projects). The program of the course for them:

Monday 19 October 2020
8-9    Introduction
9-11    National and European legislation (Module 1)
12-13    Ethics and 3Rs (Module 2)

Tuesday 27 October 2020

13-14     Basic design of procedures and projects (Module 10)    
14-16     Project license

Monday 23 November 2020
9-12    Examination

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.

Registrations by e-form at 16 September -  9 October, 2020:
https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/106899/lomake.html

Further information: Niina Kemppinen

Eläin­ten käyttö tutkimuk­sessa: Kur­ssi toi­men­piteiden tekijöille

Koe-eläinkeskus järjestää kurssin toimenpiteiden tekijöille vuosittain toukokuussa suomeksi. Kurssi antaa koe-eläinlainsäädännön (Laki 497/2013, Asetus 564/2013, Direktiivi 2010/63/EU) mukaisen pätevyyden suorittaa toimenpiteitä hiirellä ja/tai rotalla ja lopettaa näitä lajeja (EU Tehtävät a ja D).

Lisätietoja kurssista: Niina Kemppinen
 

Seuraaavan kerran kurssi pidetään suomeksi keväällä 2021.

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 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)

 

NEXT COURSE:

The use of animals in research: course for people designing procedures and projects (3 credits) 9 – 26 November 2020

Laboratory Animal Centre arranges a course for researchers “The use of animals in research: course for people designing procedures and projects” at 9 - 26 November 2020. 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 gives 3 ECTS credits and it contains mandatory lectures on November 9-11, group works and mandatory days for group work presentations (November 25 and 26).  

The course fee is 170 EUR for the students and staff at the UH and 340 EUR for others (for external customers, 24% VAT will be added to the sum of the invoice). 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/106225/lomake.html between August 10 and October 30, 2020.
 

Further information: Niina Kemppinen