Online Course: LabVetEurope


Program Description

Become a FELASA accreditated Designated Veterinarian

The LabVet Europe programme qualifies you to work as a designated Laboratory Animal Veterinarian in accordance with the 2010 EU Directive on the production of animals used for scientific purposes, previously known as FELASA category D.

The LabVet programme is a 100 % online programme designed to give Laboratory Animal Veterinarians knowledge and skills needed in your daily work as a Designated Veterinarian.

”Our goal is to offer a programme at a high level, high quality and easy access for Designated Veterinarians all over the world”

Programme Director, Professor Axel Kornerup

Course modules

The Labvet Europe programme consists of 6-course modules. Each of them is giving a unique perspective on laboratory animal science. Combined, these courses provide you with the skills to become a skilled Designated Veterinarian. All courses are taught in English.

The 6 modules are

  • Module 1 - Legislation and Veterinary Communication
  • Module 2 - Ethics, animal welfare, and the three Rs
  • Module 3A - Animal care, management, and veterinary communications
  • Module 3B - Health
  • Module 3C - Genetics and breeding
  • Module 4 - Anaesthesia, analgesia, surgery
  • Module 5 - The role of the DV in modeling human diseases in animals
  • Module 6 - Introduction to the local environment


This online learning programme makes it possible for you to have access to our knowledge and teaching wherever you are and whenever it is convenient for you.

During a module, you will find relevant texts, videos and audio files on the LabVet Europe e-learning platform. Additionally, you will be asked to take part in a number of online activities such as discussions and online self-testing.

The programme is completed by a final written and oral test.

A part-time study designed to fit working professionals with full-time jobs. The LabVet programme equals 6 months of full-time study. You have up to 6 years from the day you are admitted to complete the programme.


Get official documentation for your competences

The LabVet Europe programme is accredited by the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA). FELASA is an acknowledged European non-governmental organization that - among a range of different tasks - certify institutions who wish to train animal experimentation staff. The FELASA accreditation is highly acknowledged in all EU member states and beyond.

With a certificate from the LabVet Europe programme, you have official documentation for your competences and fulfill the European requirements to Designated Veterinarians as stated in the European Union Directive 2010/63/EU, article no. 25:

”Member States shall ensure that each breeder, supplier, and user, has a designated veterinarian with expertise in laboratory animal medicine, or a suitably qualified expert where more appropriate, charged with advisory duties in relation to the well-being and treatment of the animals”

Key benefits

For Laboratory Animal Veterinarians working in a non-European laboratory, animal facilities certification on a European level will be a substantial part of fulfilling the demands from European companies, when working with these facilities and from European journals, when publishing work was undertaken in the facilities.

You will gain the entry level for a Designated Veterinarian (DV) as described in the Directive 2010/63/EU and the ‘Working document on the development of a common education and training framework to fulfill the requirements under the Directive’ of 19-20 February 2014.


Admission criteria for LabVet Europe

  • A degree in Veterinary Medicine/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent;
  • Laboratory Animal Science EU Function ABD or another FELASA category C equivalent;
  • Minimum two years of relevant work experience; and
  • Proficiency in English

Laboratory Animal Science EU Function ABD

The EU Function ABD course qualifies you to work independently with laboratory animals in accordance with the EU Directive 2010/63/EU Article 23.2 previously known as FELASA category C.

The course gives practical and theoretic introduction to handling, housing and using laboratory animals and how to replace, refine and reduce the use of live animals for research. Following functions are covered: A) Carrying out procedures on animals; B) Designing procedures and projects; and D) Euthanize animals.

The EU Function ABD course requires a short visit to Denmark.


  • € 3,500 for LabVet Europe
  • € 5,000 for Labvet Europe including EU Function ABD course

Application process

Fill out the application form via the LabVet Europe website,, and remember the required documentation.

Once you are admitted and we have received your payment, you will gain access to the learning platform.

  • TYPE: Continuing Professional Development
  • PLACE: Online learning
  • DURATION: 6 months to 6 years of part-time study (The LabVet programme equals ½ year full-time study)
  • LANGUAGE: English
  • CERTIFICATION: Certified as a Designated Veterinarian by the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA). Graduated from the University of Copenhagen.
  • PARTICIPANTS: Laboratory Animal Veterinarians
  • SUBMISSION: Continually

Duration and price

Start date: Open enrollment

Duration: Part-time programme to be completed within 6 years (equals 6 months full time).

Price: € 3,500 for LabVet Europe or € 5,000 for Labvet Europe including EU Function ABD course.

Deadline: Continually admission and completion

Last updated May 2019

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