Education and training - Comparative Medicine Core Facility
Mandatory education, CPD and useful links
Mandatory education, CPD and useful links
Mandatory education in laboratory animal science
Before you are allowed to work with laboratory animals, you need to pass an approved theoretical course in laboratory animal science. NTNU, UiB, UiO and UiT offer a web-based course in animal research (CAREIN) once every semester, arranged through UiB. For more information, visit the course website:
Courses from outside Norway might cover parts of your education. Contact head of facility for more information if this is the case for you.
Practical training and competence
Initial practical training
After passing the theoretical course, you need practical training. You must be deemed competent in handling, restraint, health assessment, the most commonly used injection techniques, blood sampling and euthanasia before you are allowed to participate in experiments using laboratory animals at CoMed.
The initial practical training for researchers is arranged by CoMed and consists of a minimum of three training sessions. More sessions will be arranged if you do not reach the necessary level of competence during the first three sessions.
Important: Before you register for the practical training, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with information about your theoretical course and your research plans. Reserchers with specific plans on using animals in their research might be prioritized for the practical training. You also need to read all the information on this website before the training. As explained under HSE, you need a valid Tetanus vaccine.
The initial practical training will be focusing on mice. If you are planning to use other species in your research, contact head of facility to make arrangements for further training. If you have received practical training at other institutions, contact the head of facility to discuss your need for further training.
To book the first practical training session in Bookitlab:
- Search for our core in Bookitlab: "MH - CoMed - Small animal facility"
- Search for "Training session 1" in the search box for "Enter an asset name..."
- Find a training session that works for you in the list of available training sessions
- Press the small blue square in the column at the right
- Press "Create reservation"
The next two sessions are arranged during the following weeks, usually the following Thursdays at 12:00. Make sure to be available on these time points when you book your first session. You do not need to book these sessions in Bookitlab.
We add more training groups continuously. Send an email to the head of facility if you have any questions.
When your basic practical training is approved, you are allowed to start working in our facility. You must however be supervised by a named mentor until you are familiar with our facility and the relevant procedures used in your projects:
- The mentor should be a person with previous experience from working at CoMed, preferably from the same research group.
- The mentor should accompany you until you are competent in all relevant procedures and familiar with local routines.
- The mentor should be available by phone for an additional period.
- When your mentor find you capable of working independently in the facility, he or she can contact head of facility to confirm. You will then be granted access on your card.
Fill in these forms and send them to head of facility (they can also be found in the section "Access to the facility") :
If you plan on working in other animal facilities, you might need to extend your practical training. Contact head of facility if it is relevant for you.
Additional practical training
If you are planning to perform a new task/procedure and have not received adequate training, contact your supervisor or the head of the facility and schedule time for training. You are not allowed to perform any procedures without the necessary level of competence. This is required by law, and is important to secure a safe working environment and good animal welfare. Your tutor must supervise you when performing the procedure until you are competent and found ready to continue working on your own.
You should keep a record of all your competencies, using this form: Documentation of competency
Send the form to head of facility after learning a new procedure.
Continuing professional development
Everyone involved in working with laboratory animals must keep their competence in laboratory animal science up to date though continuing professional development, as required by the Regulation on animal experimentation. This can be done by attending courses, conferences and training sessions, externally, in house and online. Information about relevant courses will be posted on this website. Each person is responsible for keeping a record of their continuing education and add this information to their personal account in FOTS.
You need to complete a minimum of 10 credits every year to be able to continue working in the facility.
Please read FELASAs recommendations on the subject:
Links to useful information and web based tutorials:
- NORECOPAs list of recorded webinars
- College of animal science and technology
- ETPLAS - Education and Training Platform in Laboratory Animal Science
- FREE Responsible Research Webinars (responsibleresearchinpractice.co.uk)
- Karolinska Institutet - Workshops and seminars
- NORECOPAs webinars & meetings calendar
- NORECOPA - Films and slide shows of laboratory animals
- Housing, handling and training rats at RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden)
- Housing, handling and training mice at RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden)
- National Centre for the Replacement Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research
- Humane Endpoints
- Revised guides for organ sampling and trimming in rats and mice