A person working with laboratory animals must have adequate education and training before s/he is allowed to start the work. Procedures on animals can be done only after proper theoretical education with practical training and skill shown. A researcher who is designing projects, must has completed the course purposed for that category and needs to have a proper academic degree. Animal care staff has a qualification for animal care.


The persons working with laboratory animals are categorised in the following groups:

A: Persons carrying out procedures on animals

  • All those doing procedures in practice, like researchers, students and laboratory personnel
  • Attend the course Using animals in research - carrying out procedures
  • Continue practical training under supervision until the compence can be shown
  • Competence to do procedures is species and procedure specific

B: Persons designing procedures and projects

  • Researchers, who are designing and managing animal experiments
  • Attend the course Using animals in research - designing procedures and projects

C: Persons taking care of animals

  • Animal care personnel
  • Education and training designed for laboratory animal technicians, including in the examination for the animal attendant’s special qualification

D: Persons killing animals

  • Persons who only euthanize laboratory animals for example for sampling tissues
  • Attend A course of basic handling and euthanasia of laboratory animals

Oulu Laboratory Animal Centre (OULAC) organizes a digital course