About the Course
The Laboratory Animal Science European Union Functions Course takes place at the Laboratory for Research of the Musculoskeletal System of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, and covers the Modules which are necessary for people who perform the four functions, as stated in article 23 of the Directive 2010/63/EU. The Course covers basic training modules for researchers and personnel who perform procedures (function A), take care of animals (function C), euthanize animals (function D) and design procedures and projects (function B), plus modules 20, 21, 22, 23.
The LAS EU Functions Course has been accredited by the Education & Training Board of FELASA, according to the Board’s accreditation scheme which ensures high quality education in LAS, following the requirements stated in the Directive 2010/63/EU and the European Commission Guidelines (Working document on the development of a common education and training framework to fulfill the requirements under the Directive (Brussels, 19-20 February 2014). The Course is included in the list of Accredited Courses of the FELASA website and has the code number F056/16.
Language: The language of instruction is English.
Content: The Course covers functions A, B, C and D, plus Modules 20-23. Certification for all functions (ABCD) or 3 functions (ACD) or function B (theory only) is available. Please see the detailed description for each option at the end of this year’s program. Other combinations may be available upon request.
Prerequisites: A good knowledge of English is required. Participation to function Β modules requires a relevant degree.
Target Audience: Professionals, researchers, PhD and post-graduate students from all fields of Biomedical & Veterinary Sciences who are responsible for directing and/or carrying out animal experiments, as well as animal technologists and technicians.
Registration: Registration on a first come, first served basis by filling an online application form available at the upcoming Course files. Successful applicants receive e-mail confirmation. Registration is confirmed upon receipt of the payment transcript by e-mail.
The registration fee covers: access to the Course lectures and practical training sessions, coffee and lunch breaks, course bag, course syllabus hard copy, usb-drive with pdf syllabus and reference material, ID badge, pen, notepad.
Participants are required to arrange their own accommodation and transport.
Participants are requested to be enrolled in a health/travel insurance program, particularly if they are travelling from abroad.
Cost/Payment: Billing information is forwarded to successful applicants. The fee is paid by a bank deposit one month prior to the Course. The receipt is delivered to the participant during the Course and is personal unless other arrangements are made during the registration.
The course fee is displayed at the Course Announcement each year. For cancellations 30-15 days before the Course, 50% of the Course fee is refunded. For cancellations less than 15 days before the Course, the fee is non-refundable.
Preparation: Access information, pre-reading and other instructions are sent by e-mail to participants few days before the Course. Reading Directive 2010/63/EU or PD 56/2013 is important (download link).
Evaluation: Evaluation includes a written multiple choice examination (functions ABCD), assessment of practical skills (functions ACD) and student project presentation (function B). A passing grade of ≥60% is required for each task.
Certification: Full attendance is required. Certificates are issued after successful evaluation.
Accreditation: The Course is FELASA accredited and also provides CME-CPD credits by the Panhellenic Medical Association.
Course announcement: early each year
Deadline for registration: July 30th
Notification of participants, billing information: July/August
Deadline for payment: August 30th
Confirmation of participations: Early September
Course dates: Late September – Early October
For information on the upcoming Course and to enroll please see the relevant files.
2020 Course Files
Application Form Positions are covered for the 2020 Course! Applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest!
Preliminary Program The program will be updated soon, as described below.
Dates: September 28th – October 9th 2020
Important Notice: Due to the current COVID-19 preventive measures we are monitoring the updates and doing our best to be able to deliver our Course! If you are interested to attend, please register and we will keep you informed. (June 2020 update:) The theoretical and group work parts will be delivered online via teleconference (real-time/synchronous) on 28/9-6/10, while the practical training will be delivered on-site on 7-8-9/10/2020. In order to be able to modify the schedule, group work will take place in the weekend.