MF9493 – CAREIN - Course In Animal Research In Norway

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Course content

The course follows the common EU education structure provided in Education and training framework.

The course meets the demands for legislations and skills given in "Animal Welfare Act (LOV-2009-06-19-97)" and "Regulations on the use of animals in experiments (FOR-2015-06-18-761)" for persons which will use and handle experimental laboratory animals. Students learn how to plan and perform ethical animal experiments. The course qualifies for the use of animals in research for persons with function A and B, in accordance with Articles 23 and 24 of the EU Directive 2010/63/EU. The course follows a suggested common EU education structure provided in Education and training framework .

The theoretical part of the course provides training in mice, rats, rabbits and pigs.

Learning outcome

The course gives an introduction to the relevant legal paragraphs, normative biology and handling of research animals, the physiology of pain, anestesia/analgesia, attitudes towards animal research, alternatives to animal research, and housing of laboratory animals. Furthermore it will be taught how to plan and standardize experiments, handling of animals generally, and how to apply for ethics permission to perform experiments. The course will contain an introduction to the use of model organisms with a focus on mice, rats, rabbits and pig, choice of mammals as research animals, and the use of genetically engineered animals.


As of autumn 2019 this course has been revised. See revised course: 

MF9495T Course In Animal Research In Norway (CAREiN) - Theoretical training


Recommended previous knowledge

MBV3050 Human Physiology for those who do not have a medical background. Human physiology at the level of the 3. Semester.

Suggested literature (one of the below):

  • Handbook of Laboratory Animal Science, Essential Principles and Practices, Vol. 1, Third Edition. Jann Hau and and Steven J. Schapiro.
  • Handbook of Laboratory animal management and welfare (Blackwell Science), Wolfensohn and Lloyd (eds)

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with MF9490 – Course in Laboratory Animal Handling


The teaching will consist of:

  • Web-based modules
  • Four days with lectures and group work
  • Home assignment
  • It is important to read the book on animal handling prior to the course.
  • 25 hours of instruction in practical training

After theoretical training, the course participant must have 25 hours of instruction in practical training in the use of experimental animals. Practical demonstrations and animal handling under supervision must be organized by the course participant at own institution. Supervisor(s) must certify that training has taken place before the students can access their respective animal department. Documentation on practical training is a prerequisite for obtaining a passed course certificate.


The students must pass an electronic test the last day of the course and deliver a satisfactory home assignment. The home assignment is to fill in an application form similar to the form submitted to Mattilsynet. It may be beneficial for students to work together two by two, but all students must deliver individual exams. The experiments to be described should be either a MSc or a PhD project, if that is relevant, or an example-study. The course organizers may help to identify a mammalian research experiment. Six hours are set aside for exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

CAREIN arranged by University of Oslo alone in 2018. From 2019, CAREIN will be arranged 5 times pr. year by a consortium consisting of UiT, NTNU, UiB, NMBU and UiO and UiO will be resposible for 1 of these 5 courses.

Facts about this course






The course has been replaced by MF9495T.

Information to participants autumn 2018:

Deadline to send documentation of practical training to for registration is January 1, 2021

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