Continuing education

Continuing education in laboratory animal science and practical training is offered in national and international training events and meetings.

Several universities also organise, in addition to the qualifying course for researchers, course days in the laboratory animal field for maintaining and updating competence. The courses are usually announced separately on the University Laboratory Animal Centre website.

Finnish laboratory animal associations FinLAS (Suomen koe-eläintieteen yhdistys),  FALAV (Finnish Association for Laboratory Animal Veterinarians) and KATY (An association for laboratory animal technicians and employees) organise seminars and training days in the laboratory animal field. The events are announced on the FinLAS website and they are usually open for all employees in the field.

Scand-LAS (Scandinavian Society for Laboratory Animal Science) organises training days once a year. The language used during the three-day training days is English, and the programme includes both scientific presentations as well as those related to practical work, demonstrations and workshops. The Scand-LAS congress in 2017 will be held in Copenhagen.

The European umbrella organisation FELASA (Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations)  organises a congress every three years. The congress is the biggest convention in the field organised in Europe, and experts and researchers in laboratory animal science from all over the world participate in it.

Continuing education for veterinarians in particular is offered by ESLAV (European Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians) during its annual meetings.

It is possible to specialise in laboratory animal science by completing the Master of Laboratory Animal Science degree programme at the University of Copenhagen, for example.

European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, ECLAM offers veterinarians the possibility to specialise in laboratory animal science. A veterinarian can become a specialised veterinarian in laboratory animal science in Europe (ECLAM diplomate) by completing a training programme approved by ECLAM and passing the final examination.

Last updated: 30.12.2016