Education provided by the Central Animal Laboratory

According to Finnish legislation, only well trained and qualified persons can perform procedures on laboratory animals, take care of laboratory animals,  euthanise laboratory animals, design experiments on laboratory animals and apply for the license for them.

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Laboratory Animal Science Course 2024

The Central Animal Laboratory provides training in the following categories, as defined in the legislation:

  • Function A+D: gives competency to perform procedures for laboratory animals and kill them humanly. This function is recommended for Bachelor and Master degree students, as well as researchers who will be involved in projects, handling laboratory animals.
    • Consists of:
      • Mandatory face-to-face lectures
      • Online lectures and quizzes
      • Assignments
      • Demonstration with living animals
      • Optional practical work session with living animals
      • Electronical exam
  • Function B: an optional function to be taken after categories A and D. This function is recommended for senior researchers. Function B gives competency to write ethical project license and plan procedures involving laboratory animals.
    • Consists of:
      • Mandatory face-to-face lectures
      • Online lectures and quizzes
      • Assignments
      • Writing an ethical project license
      • Electronical exam

a table, explaining functions A+D and function B

You can only complete one function of the course at a time. First, you must complete function A+D, after that you can complete the optional function B.

Despite the two course codes (PGS_1675 ja PGS_1819), found in the UTU Peppi system, the course is organized as a single course.  Check your study guide for the course code that belongs to your degree and enroll on that. If you have any questions, please contact course leader Emrah Yatkin ( or course coordinator Hanna Helminen (

April 2024

The following categories are organized in the laboratory animal science course:

  • Functions A+D, 3 ECTS
  • Function B, 3 ECTS

Registration: 01.03.2024 - 03.04.2024

Course period: 15.4.2024 – 7.6.2024

The course is organized in English (the material can be found in Finnish from the Moodle system).

Mandatory face-to-face -lectures:

Mon 15.4.2024 at 9:00-12:00

Thu 18.4.2024 at 9:00-12:00

Tue 23.4.2024 at 13:00-16:00

Fri 26.4.2024 at 9:00-12:00

Regarding Function A+D: The mandatory practical work session (Demo) will be organized during weeks 19-20. The optional practical work session (Hands on) will be organized during weeks 20-23. The exact dates are determined by the final number of participants and will be announced later.


  1. You must register for the course via UTU Pepi (
    • Check your study guide for the course code of your degree and register for it. Course codes:
      • PGS_1675-3012 Laboratory Animal Science Course (ENG), 3 ECTS
      • PGS_1819-3006 Laboratory Animals, course for measure performers, 3 ECTS (ECTS)
  2. Registration should also be done via Webropol to indicate which functions will be studied and which animal species will be taken for the training:

If you have any questions, or you are not UTU/ÅA student but you want to register to the course, please contact the course coordinator Hanna Helminen ( or Emrah Yatkin (


September 2024

Laboratory Animal Science Course

  • Functions A/D 3 cr

More detailed information will be announced later.