The use of animals in research and education at SLU
These pages are aimed at anyone who works with animals in research and teaching at SLU. There is a solid regulatory framework that all concerned must be aware of.
Below you will find a summary of the rules governing research animals, as anyone who in any way works with animals in animal experiments or teaching should read and follow.
The information about research animals is written and updated by the coordinator of the experimental animal issues at SLU.
SLU policy on the use of animals in research and education
All staff involved in planning research on animals or who work with animals in education must read and follow the policy on the use of animals in research and education at SLU.
The Council for Animals in Research and Education (Föd) - SLU’s animal welfare body
The Council for Animals in Research and Education (Föd) is to function as SLU's animal welfare body and therefore work actively to prioritise animal welfare within the organisation. The Council for Animals in Research and Teaching must follow the Swedish Board of Agriculture's regulations (SJVFS 2015:24 Article L 150). This includes providing advice to staff regarding animal welfare, as well as establishing and inspecting internal routine descriptions for the supervision, reporting and monitoring of the animals' welfare and the comprehensive work with animal welfare at the organisation.
Members of Föd
|Katarina Cvek||koordinator för försöksdjursfrågor, ordförande|
|Erik Petersson||prof., NJ-fakulteten, vice ordförande|
|Jonas Malmsten||post doc, S-fakulteten|
|Henrik Ericsson||universitetsdjursjukhusdirektör, UDS|
|John Pringle||prof., VH-fakulteten|
|Lotta Jäderlund||sekreterare, planeringsavdelningen|
|Petter Kjellander||prof., NJ-fak, suppleant för Erik Petersson|
|Sonya Juthberg||fo. ing., S-fak. suppleant för Jonas Malmsten|
|Arne Persson||chefsveterinär, UDS, suppleant för Henrik Ericsson|
|Marianne Jensen-Waern||prof., VH-fak, suppleant för John Pringle|
SLU Coordinator for matters concerning research animals
SLU must have a coordinator for matters concerning research animals. The coordinator is responsible for education in laboratory animal science for all those involved with animals that are used for educational or scientific purposes at SLU. The coordinator shall provide information and advice regarding questions about research animals, inspecting permits, coordinating supervision and collation of statistics.
Coordinator is PhD MSc Katarina Cvek at the department of Clinical Sciences. To contact the coordinator, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skills training for work with research animals
All staff who use or participate in the use of live animals, or care for animals used for scientific purposes are to have completed training in laboratory animal science for researchers in accordance with legislation (SJVFS 2015:24 Article 150) before commencing work, and must have the requisite practical competence. Competency is to be inspected by the research animal veterinarian/expert or director appointed by the Swedish board of agriculture. This also applies for students who will independently conduct studies on live animals, e.g. as part of their degree project. Skills training should precede practical participation in activities involving animal testing, to ensure the practical competence has been achieved.
A proof of competency is required and should be available upon request. You can find a template for the certificate here.
Staff must be continually offered further training and given the opportunity to participate in this during work hours. The coordinator for laboratory animal welfare, legislation and education is responsible for the education of staff in laboratory animal science. In order to contact the coordinator please send an e-mail to email@example.com.