The online educational program for the competent designated veterinarian in laboratory animal facilities

The Labvet Europe program aims at qualifying designated laboratory animal veterinarians to the level demanded by the 2010 EU directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and the subsequent guidance paper. It is to be seen as a continuation of the competencies gained from following the previous FELASA category D programmes, but it is solely dedicated to those thousands of vets who work worldwide as designated laboratory animal veterinarians.

The program is 100 % online and it is accredited by the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA). It is structured to offer you knowledge and skills you can use in your daily work as a designated veterinarian.

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

Program director professor Axel Kornerup

The program is built around Teaching and Resources, Certification and the Labvet Community. Students enrolled in the program will after completion acquire a certificate from FELASA and gain access to the European LabVet Community.

Teaching and Resources

By enrolling in Labvet Europes’ online program you gain access to relevant resources and teaching materials for Designated Veterinarians. The program is based on online learning which makes it possible for you to have access to our knowledge and teaching wherever you are in the world and whenever it is convenient for you.

Our online platform and material is built on our long experience in developing online learning and uses the latest e-learning and interactive technology. 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 ended by a final written and oral test.


The Labvet Europe programme consists of 6 modules and each of them is giving a unique perspective on laboratory animal science. Combined they educate the participant to become a skilled designated veterinarian. The 5 modules are:

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


Become a FELASA accredited Designated Veterinarian through Labvet Europe

The LabVet Europe programme is certified by FELASA to train Designated Veterinarians (FELASA Category D). FELASA is a European acknowledged 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.

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 undertaken in the facilities.

With a certificate from the LabVet Europe program, 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”

Learning outcomes for LabVet Europe


Having completed the program the trainee is on

  • 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.

Presupposed knowledge

Upon enrolment in the program, it is assumed that the student has qualifications equivalent to the old FELASA category C or the new EU function A/B/D.


Having completed the program the trainee knows:

  • Different ethical views on animal experimentation, including the Three Rs principles, as well as principles of good animal welfare and science
  • Principles of laboratory animal husbandry including caging systems, environmental conditions, enrichment, hygiene, and occupational health and safety
  • Key biological characteristics of relevant species and their importance for the care and use
  • Principles for modeling human diseases in animals, including methods for the design of procedures and projects, for the creation and use of genetically altered animals, and for experimental surgery.


Having completed the program the trainee is able to:

  • Find the necessary information sources to perform the tasks of the DV
  • Kill the relevant animals with the highest respect to both scientific outcomes and animal welfare
  • Make routine animal house visits, harm-benefit analysis, health surveillance, strategies for biosecurity and disease outbreak, anesthesia and pain relief, and relate it to scientific outcome and welfare in animal experiments
  • Apply international guidelines for nomenclature on genetic variants of laboratory animals
  • Summarise the statutory duties and professional requirements of the DV in relation to staff interactions, the animal welfare body, medicine use, import and export, and transport of laboratory animals, the use of genetically altered animals, and the implementation of the Three Rs
  • Explain the importance of good animal health and welfare, and the need for a culture of care and good science


You can apply for access to LabVet Europe or to LabVet Europe including the function ABD course.

Application process

Complete the application form with the necessary documentation.

We will process your application to make sure you fulfill the admission criteria.

If you fulfill the application criteria you will receive an admission letter and an invoice.

When we have received your payment you will have access to the learning platform.

Apply to become a participant in LabVet Europe for € 3,500.

Apply for Labvet Europe including Function ABD certification for € 5000.

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