MEDFL5495P – Course In Animal Research In Norway (CAREiN) - Practical training in handling of laboratory rodents
Covid19 implications on practical training spring 2020
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, practical training (MEDFL5495P) cannot take place as planned Spring 2020. Students that have passed the theoretic course (MEDFL5495T) will therefore receive a course diploma for Function B (“person designing procedures and projects”) until the practical training can be arranged at a later time point. Only when the practical training is completed and the student fulfil the legal requirements for Function A (“person carrying out procedures on animals”), the student will receive a course diploma for Functions A+B. Course diploma for Functions A+B is a prerequisite for further training in the student´s research group and for working independently with animals.
As a temporary solution until the situation allows for MEDFL5495P to be organized, students with a course diploma for passed theoretical course (MEDFL5495T), and who are listed as co-worker in FOTS, may work under strict supervision by a skilled and competent user in accordance with current rules in the students own institution. Strict supervision means that the competent user is present in the room at all times when supervision takes place. Students that have not attended practical training arranged by their own animal facility in accordance with the CAREiN-guidelines will not be granted personal access to the animal facility before such practical training has been documented. Therefore, the student only has access when being together with the supervisor, and cannot perform procedures on animals if the supervisor is not present in the same room. Also, the temporary solution requires that the practical training (MEDFL5495P) is attended at the earliest opportunity once it is offered again. Completion of MEDFL5495P is the only practical training that will be accepted for course diploma for Functions A+B.
Students that have attended theoretical training in laboratory animal science at another institution than UiO and were registered to attend MEDFL5495P must address questions relating to course certificates to the institution that provided the theoretical training.
Practical training in handling of laboratory rodents is an integral part of the course MEDFL5495T (or a similar theoretical experimental animal course (e.g. at UiT, NTNU or UiB)) for all students that intend to perform and conduct hands-on animal experiments themselves (Function A). Practical training is also an integral part of the requirements in the Norwegian Regulation on Animal Experiment, § 24 and Annex E, Points 1-11, and adheres to the practical training requirements for Core Modules for function A in the EU Education and Training Framework. (function A = person carrying out procedures on animals). The course qualifies for hands-on use of animals in research for persons with function A, in accordance with Articles 23 and 24 of the EU Directive 2010/63/EU.
MF9495P is only a relevant course for students that have signed up for or previously completed MEDFL5495T, or a similar theoretical experimental animal course (e.g. at UiT, NTNU or UiB). Such theoretical training must be completed prior to attending practical training. Students that require practical training in handling of laboratory rodents are expected to complete such training in the lab animal facility at their own institution. The lab animal facility providing the training must adhere to the manual of practical training defined by the CAREiN consortium (UiT, NTNU, UiB and UiO)
The course provides introduction to and hand-on training of correct handling and basic experimental techniques used in rodents, according to the requirements in the EU Commisions Education and Training Framework Document. At the end of the practical training, the competence of the students will be assessed by their ability to accomplish defined assignments, enabling approved students to practice further under the supervision of experienced personnel in their research team and/or department.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
Students that require admission to this course must have signed up for or previously completed MEDFL5495T, or a similar theoretical experimental animal course (e.g. at UiT, NTNU or UiB) with formal prerequisite knowledge as MEDFL5495T. Such theoretical training must be completed prior to attending practical training
2 credits overlap with Course in Laboratory Animal Science for Researchers, NMBU
The teaching will consist of:
Practical training in handling of laboratory rodents (mice and rats) provided by the animal facility staff at the institution that the the student belongs to. The lab animal facility providing the training must adhere to the manual of practical training in rodents, as defined by the CAREiN consortium (UiT, NTNU, UiB and UiO).
To pass the practical training and be allowed to practice further under the supervision of experienced personnel and eventually perform and conduct animal experiments on their own, the student must demonstrate sufficient competence during practical handling and performance of procedures with experimental animals. Provided that that MEDFL5495T has also been passed, a Functions A+B certificate will be issued to students that demonstrate required practical skills in MEDFL5495P.