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 Finnish Act 497/2013 and Decree 564/2013, and EU 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
The use of animals in research: course for persons carrying out procedures 20.9. - 15.10.2021
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 20th September - 15th October, 2021. This course gives the permission to work with mice or rats or with both species (according to Finnish Act 497/2013 and 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
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
Anaesthesia, analgesia, pain and distress, humane endpoints, euthanasia
Perioperative care, hygiene practical
The course's theory is arranged in Moodle platform with a self-study material but the lecture of the introduction will be arranged by Zoom at 9 - 10 on 20th September. In addition, the voluntary stitching practices will be arranged in F-building in Viikki campus on 1st October.
The theory of the course by Moodle must be carried out in weeks 38 and 39 (between 20th September - 1st October), before the animal exercises.
The animal hands-on-exercise are arranged in small groups in weeks 40 and 41 (1 day/species/student) in F-building in Viikki capmus. Practical exercises with chosen species include the handling techniques, procedures, anaesthesia and euthanasia of animals.
The exam will be on 15 October, 2021 at 9-11 in Moodle.
The course fee is dictated by the chosen species (For external customers, 24% VAT will be added to the sum of the invoice):
|One species (mouse OR rat)
|Both species (mouse AND rat)
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 by e-form at 16th August - 10th September, 2021:
Please include in 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 the other species)
Those, who are using for research purposes the other species than the laboratory rodents, 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 (teaching is arranged by Zoom and with the self-study material in Moodle):
Monday 20 September 2021
8 - 9 Introduction (by Zoom)
Module 1: National and European legislation (in Moodle)
Module 2: Ethics and 3Rs (in Moodle)
Module 10: Basic design of procedures and projects (in Moodle)
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 16th August - 10th September, 2021:
Further information: Niina Kemppinen