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Courses in Experimental Animal Science for Researchers – Laboratory and field research

Anyone that will plan, design and/or conduct animal experiments is required to complete a course in Experimental Animal Science.

We offer courses within traditional laboratory mammals as well as within Wildlife and field research (mammals and birds) for scientists, PhD students, medical students and others. The main aim of the course is to ensure ethical and humane use of experimental animals and collection of informative, objective and reproducible research data from animal experiments.

Course content and teaching methods

The course follows the requirements in the Norwegian Regulation on Animal Experiment, § 24 and Annex E, Points 1-11. The course also follows the requirements for theoretical training for Core Modules and Function Specific Modules for function A and B  in the EU Education and Training Framework.

The University of Tromsø allocates 6 ECTS upon successful completion of the course.

The theoretical training is given intensively during one week and is concluded with a written 2-hour exam on the last day of the course week, followed by a home exam and practical training.

The theoretical training (totally 5 days) consists of a general module (2 days) and a special module (3 days). The special module is either on traditional laboratory mammals or on fieldwork/wildlife (mammals and birds), where the course participant must choose the module most relevant for his/hers field of work.

For laboratory animals, the Unit of Comparative Medicine offers organised and adjusted practical training a few weeks after the theoretical training has been completed. Fieldwork scientists and others that do not participate in the organized practical training need to document that relevant 21-hours practical training with relevant species and techniques have been completed under the supervision of a competent person.

We offer two types of courses: 1) for PhD students and medical “forskerlinje” students (HEL-8014) and 2) for researchers, students at other faculties or external candidates (HEL-6320). Both courses run simultaneously in the spring semester each year.


Course for PhD students and “Forskerlinje”-students in medicine (HEL-8014)

PhD students as well as “Forskerlinje”-students at the medical faculties at NTNU, UiB and UiO are given access according to a mutual agreement between these universities and UiT. Others interested in this course are referred to the continuing education course HEL-6320.

There is no course fee.

Information on how to apply can be found here . See also updated information on our page "Next course") here.


Course for researchers and external candidates (HEL-6320)

This is a course in experimental animal science for researchers and external candidates. Requirement for admission is minimum 3 years education on university or college level (bachelor degree or corresponding) within biomedicine or biology. Phd students and “Forskerlinje”-students in medicine are referred to the PhD course in experimental animal science, HEL-8014.

 The course fee is currently NOK 6500,- and includes tutorial materials as well as lunch and coffee during the theoretical course week.

 See updated information on application dates and registration on our page "Next course".


Course for those who will work with fish

Those who will work exclusively with fish are referred to the course in “Aquatic Animal Welfare” (BIO-3503) at the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics at UiT; see here


Upcoming course at Helsefak, UiT

See here for information on the next course

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