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

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Anyone that plan, design and/or conduct animal experiments is required complete a course in experimental animal science and conduct their activities according to Norwegian Regulation on Animal Experiment (FOR-2015-06-18-761) . This course follows requirements in the Norwegian Regulation on Animal Experiment, § 24 and Annex E, Points 1-11. 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, and adheres to the theoretical training requirements for Core Modules and Function Specific Modules for function A and B in the EU Education and Training Framework. (function A = person carrying out procedures on animals, function B = person designing procedures and projects).

The course aim is to ensure ethical and humane use of experimental animals and generation of informative, objective and reproducible research whenever animals are used for experimental purposes.

The course consists of an obligatory theoretical part (Function A+B) and practical training (Function A). The theoretical part of the course provides training in mice, rats, pigs and model fish. Practical training will be given in rodents (mice and rats) and is a mandatory part of the course for all students that intent to conduct animal experiments themselves (Function A). Be aware that access to animal facilities requires completion of practical training in relevant species. Practical training in pigs and model fish must be added and organized by the student according to directions by the course committee (Function A).

The course provides theoretical training in the experimental use of model fish. Students that require training in other fish species must attend additional training in the use of the species in question, or attend an experimental animal course that covers the specific species. 

Learning outcome

The course gives an introduction to relevant national and international legal framework (EU), normative biology, handling and housing of experimental animals, the physiology of pain, anesthesia/analgesia, euthanasia, ethical considerations concerning experimental animal use, study design, the use of genetically engineered animals, and alternatives to the use of experimental animals. Furthermore, participants will be introduced to the Norwegian administrative system (FOTS) used for applying and obtaining ethical approval for experimental animal use as well as reporting of the number of used animals.


PhD candidates and Forskerlinje students:

PhD candidates and Forskerlinje students at the medical faculties at NTNU, UiB and UiT, are given the same access to the course as UiO candidates and students according to a mutual agreement between these universities and UiO.

  • PhD candidates admitted to a PhD program at UiO
    • Applicants who are admitted to a PhD programme at UiO apply in StudentWeb
  • PhD candidates and students who are not admitted to a PhD program at UiO
  • Applicants will immediately receive a reply to the application in StudentWeb when the application is registered.
  • The course is a mandatory PhD course for students working with animals.There is no course fee for PhD candidates, Forskerlinje-students and master students.


Researches and other external applicants (continuing education course):

  • Researches and other external applicants (who are not PhD candidates or students) should apply for at right to study in SøknadsWeb before they apply for this course. When a right to study is granted, applicants should notify to get registrered for this course.
  • This is a course in experimental animal science for researchers and external candidates. The course fee for MF9495T is currently NOK 3000,-


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Requirement for admission to this course is minimum 3 years education at the university or college level (bachelor degree or corresponding) within biomedicine or biology.

Recommended previous knowledge

BIOS3800 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)



The teaching will consist of:

  • Web-based self study. The Web-module and group work MUST be completed before announced deadline and prior to lecture attendance during the last course week.
  • Four days with lectures and group work.
  • 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/will be working in. Time slots for practical training will be announced during the first course week. The practical training in handling of laboratory rodents will be provided as course MF9495P, and is an integral part of the course MF9495T for all participants that intend to perform and conduct hands-on animal experiments (Function A)

After theoretical training, the course participant must attend practical training in correct handling and use of rodent experimental animals (MF9495P). Practical training must be organized at the course participant’s own institution by CAREiN accredited teachers. Students planning to use other species covered in the theoretical modules of CAREiN (pigs or model fish) must organize an additional minimum 14 hours of relevant training with these species according to directions by the course committee.  Supervisor(s) providing such training in practical handling and use of pigs or model fish must certify such training and the certificate must be provided to the course committee. Participation in practical training with rodents (MF9495P) is a prerequisite for obtaining a passed course certificate in other species.

You have to participate in at least 80 % of the teaching to be allowed to take the exam. Attendance will be registered.



To pass the theoretical training (MF9495T), the student must pass an electronic test (exam) the last day of the course and deliver a satisfactory home assignment, resulting in a Function B certificate.

To be allowed to practice further under the supervision of experienced personnel and eventually perform and conduct animal experiments on their own, the student must in addition demonstrate sufficient competence during practical handling and performance of procedures with experimental animals (MF9495P), resulting in a Functions A+B certificate.

Grading scale

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

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Special examination arrangements

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

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How to apply

Inquries about registration and course certificate should be sent to


Autumn 2020

24.8., 10.9., 11.9., 14.9., 15.9., 18.9.

Lectures and group work will be held digitally in Zoom

Application period

1.6. - 19.8.2020

Note that due to Covid 19 changes may occur



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