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Continuing Education and Specialisation

ESLAV/ECLAM Summer and Winter School

Summer School takes place once a year in the Summer. Consists of 5 Modules, which are repeated. Please visit the events’ pages for updated information.

  • Diseases & Diagnostics
  • Biology of Laboratory Animals
  • Management of Animal Facilities, Ethics, Animal Welfare and 3Rs
  • Surgery and Experimental Techniques, Design and conduct of research programmes & animal experiments
  • Pre-anaesthesia, Anaesthesia, Analgesia, and Euthanasia

Winter School consists of more advanced topics that are selected every year. Please visit the events’ pages for updated information.

Further Reading

ESLAV Webinar Series

The Webinars are available to view anytime through the member area!

    Find details about the following topics on this page:

    Competences for the VETCEE accredited Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine programmes

    Dossier of competences and module descriptors for VETCEE accredited Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine drafted by the Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine subcommittee of the VETCEE. This document was created by the Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine sub-committee of the VETCEE comprised of representatives of ECLAM, ESLAV and EVERI.

    Click here to open the document.

    VetCEE approved programmes

    The UAB Certificate in Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine

    MSc in Animal Laboratory Science

    PostGraduate Studies and Specialization in Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine Europe

    There is a 15% discount for ESLAV Members at the UAB Masters and LabVet Program. To claim the discount request a membership confirmation from ESLAV secretariat!



    LabVetEurope. The University of Copenhagen

    Utrecht University: 2-week intensive course in laboratory animal science


    The summer school is an ESLAV training event initiative that is also supported by ECLAM and that can be an addition for residents in fulfilling certain aspects of training requirements; for more information of fully approved standard training programs please contact the ECLAM secretariat.

    • ESLAV/ECLAM Summer School 2016. Module 1: Diseases & Diagnostics (Trintiy College Dublin, Ireland)
    • ESLAV/ECLAM Summer School 2017. Module 2: Biology of Laboratory Animals (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
    • ESLAV/ECLAM Summer School 2018. Module 3: Management of Animal Facilities, Ethics, Animal Welfare and 3Rs (Stockholm, Sweden)
    • ESLAV/ECLAM Summer School 2019. Module 4: Surgery and Experimental Techniques, Design and conduct of research programmes & animal experiments (Stockholm, Sweden)
    • ESLAV/ECLAM Summer School 2021. Module 1: Biology of Laboratory Animals (21-24/6/2021, organized by the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna, online)
    • ESLAV/ECLAM Summer School 2022. Module 5: Pre-anaesthesia, Anaesthesia, Analgesia, and Euthanasia (Bologna, Italy)

    For details and registration please find the current Summer School in ESLAV’s upcoming events.

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    If you have any enquires about Module 3, please contact Summer School Director Rafael Frias at

    Our Sponsors:

    Module 4: Experimental and Surgical Techniques, Design and Conduct of Research

    The 4th ESLAV-ECLAM Summer School Module 4: “Experimental and Surgical Techniques, Design and Conduct of Research Programmes and Animal Experiments”, will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, between June 24-27, 2019.

    • Preliminary program (download latest version)
    • Follow the link for registration. Please pay through the paypal links at the bottom of this page after registration! *Registration is now closed!*

    [Please note that registration is limited to 40 persons only. Registration priority is given to ESLAV members until February 28th, 2019. After this date, seats will be offered on first-come, first-served basis, so early registration is strongly recommended. Deadline for registration is March 31, 2019.]

    The key objectives of this Summer School are:

    1. To learn about most relevant experimental techniques and models used in animal research.
    2. To understand the importance of quality, good scientific practice and experimental design of animal studies.

    The programme will cover the following topics:

    • Dosing and sampling in research animals.
    • Experimental surgery, care of surgical patients, and specific surgical models and procedures.
    • Preclinical and veterinary clinical models for animal research.
    • Genetically modified animals.
    • Factors that can influence animal research.
    • Impact of gut microbiota and gnotobiology.
    • Quality, reproducibility, reporting, systematic reviews and meta-analysis of animal studies.
    • Therioepistemology, and experimental design of animal studies.

    The main instructors are experts in the field such as Patricia Turner (Charles River, Canada), Klas Abelson (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), Paul Flecknell (Flaire Learning, UK), Bonnie Lyons (The Jackson Laboratory, US), Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga (Radboud UMC, The Netherlands), Jann Hau (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), Cory Brayton (Johns Hopkins Medicine, US), Axel Kornerup Hansen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), Velmurugesan Arulampalam (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden), Malcom Macleod (University of Edinburgh, UK), Amir Kol (University of California Davis, US), Joseph Garner (Stanford University, US), Matthew Leach (Newcastle University, UK), and Adrian Smith (Norecopa, Norway).

    The School has been kindly sponsored by Laboratory Animals Ltd, Charles River, Envigo, Janvier Labs, Scanbur and The Jackson Laboratory.

    The School will take place at Bosön hotel, Lidingö, which is just about 30 minutes from Stockholm city centre using public transportation. The hotel is located in an island surrounded by sea and a beautiful nature. Besides the academic programme, there will be free time for indoor and outdoor activities including sports (gym, hiking, running, football, swimming) and other social activities such as barbeques, sauna, sea bathing, outdoor games, etc. This setting will allow plenty of network opportunities with colleagues.

    The registration fee for ESLAV members is €755, and this includes School fee, lodging (3 nights in a single room at Bosön hotel), and meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee breaks) for the length of the course (3.5 days). If lodging is not needed, the registration fee for ESLAV members is €450 and includes School fee, lunch and coffee breaks for the length of the course. For non-ESLAV members, the fee will be €50 more expensive for each option. These prices do not include airport transfers, local transportations, visa costs, airfares, insurances (travel or health), or any other additional expense.

    Should you be interested in staying extra nights before or after the event, or bring a guest, we have arranged special prices of SEK 1090 (single); 1490 (double); 1690 (family room) for each extra night. Should you wish to bring a guest (who will not participate in the Summer School) you can share a room for an additional SEK 300 during the conference (includes breakfast). To book extra nights, please contact the Bosön hotel directly at or call +46 8 699 66 00, and quote “ESLAV Summer School”. For more information on the hotel, go to

    On Friday June 28, 2019, a mock ECLAM exam will be organized at Karolinska Institutet. This exercise is an excellent training opportunity for those who are preparing the board exam. If you are interested to attend this free-of-charge event, please register separately via this link.

    For other information, please contact  or Dr. Rafael Frias, Summer School Director at

    Our Sponsors:

    To read detailed information and register please find the related event in our events!

    All modules are repeated approximately every 5 years.

    ESLAV/ECLAM offers the possibility to sponsor the Summer School.

    The main benefits of sponsoring the Summer School include:

    – Your logo visible in the ESLAV/ECLAM Summer School website.

    – Your logo in the program agenda and all the course advertising material.

    – Possibility to distribute company information, brochures or other materials during the Summer School.

    The sponsorship is valid for one year. Please fill out and send the sponsorship form you can download here to:

    ESLAV Secretariat:


    Find under this section selected websites, books and journals about laboratory animal medicine and related topics.

    The Diseases of Research Animals (DORA) website is a tool primarily designed to benefit veterinarians, veterinary students and residents involved in the care of animal species commonly used in research.  Diseases and conditions affecting mice are listed by category and are arranged from most to least prevalent in the context of a research facility setting.  This site includes relevant information, such as incidence, transmission, clinical signs, pathology and diagnosis.  Figures illustrating clinical presentation and pathology are provided whenever possible to augment descriptions.  The information on this site is not exhaustive, rather, it is meant to serve as a basic, solid and readily accessible reference, highlighting some of the most important aspects of the most common diseases of research mice.

    Click here to learn more about DORA.

    A respected resource for decades, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals has been updated by a committee of experts, taking into consideration input from the scientific and laboratory animal communities and the public at large. The Guide incorporates new scientific information on common laboratory animals, including aquatic species, and includes extensive references. It is organized around major components of animal use:

    • Key concepts of animal care and use. The Guide sets the framework for the humane care and use of laboratory animals.
    • Animal care and use program. The Guide discusses the concept of a broad Program of Animal Care and Use, including roles and responsibilities of the Institutional Official, Attending Veterinarian and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
    • Animal environment, husbandry, and management. A chapter on this topic is now divided into sections on terrestrial and aquatic animals and provides recommendations for housing and environment, husbandry, behavioral and population management, and more.
    • Veterinary care. The Guide discusses veterinary care and the responsibilities of the Attending Veterinarian. It includes recommendations on animal procurement and transportation, preventive medicine (including animal biosecurity), and clinical care and management. The Guide addresses distress and pain recognition and relief, and issues surrounding euthanasia.
    • Physical plant. The Guide identifies design issues, providing construction guidelines for functional areas; considerations such as drainage, vibration and noise control, and environmental monitoring; and specialized facilities for animal housing and research needs.

    The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals provides a framework for the judgments required in the management of animal facilities. This updated and expanded resource of proven value will be important to scientists and researchers, veterinarians, animal care personnel, facilities managers, institutional administrators, policy makers involved in research issues, and animal welfare advocates.

    Handbook of laboratory animal science, Vol 1-3, eds Van Hoosier and Jann Hau, G. L. Van Hoosier, CRC Press, 2004

    The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, 8th ed, Robert C. Hubrecht, James Kirkwood, John Wiley & Sons, 2010

    The COST Manual of Laboratory Animal Care and Use: Refinement, Reduction, and Research, eds. B Howard, T Nevalainen, G Perretta, CRC Press 2011

    Anesthesia and analgesia in Laboratory animals, 2008

    Laboratory Animal Anaesthesia, 3rd ed, 2009, P Flecknell, Academic Press

    Ferrets, rabbits and rodents – Clinical Medicine and surgery 2nd edition, 2011

    Laboratory Animal Medicine, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. James G Fox; Lynn C Anderson; Franklin M Loew; Fred W Quimby, San Diego, Academic Press, 2002

    Laboratory Animal Medicine – Principles and procedures, 2004

    Pathology of Laboratory Rodents and Rabbits. 3rd ed, D.H. Percy & S.W. Berthold. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 2007

    Flynn’s Parasites of Laboratory Animals, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, 2nd ed. Baker, Blackwell 2007.

    Recognition and alleviation of pain in laboratory animals, 2009

    Small animal anesthesia and analgesia, 2008

    Swine in the Laboratory, 2007

    The Laboratory Fish, 2000

    The Laboratory Mouse, The handbook of experimental animals, ed. Hedrich, Academic Press, 2nd edition 2012

    The Laboratory Rat, 2nd edition, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, eds. Suckow, Weisbroth and Franklin. Elsevier, 2005.

    The Laboratory Rabbit, Guinea Pig, Hamster and Other Rodents, eds. Sukow, Stevens and Wilson. Elsevier, 2012

    Nonhuman Primates in Biomedical Research, two-volume set, 2nd edition, eds. C Abee, K Mansfield, S Tardiff, and T Morris, Elsevier, 2012

    Laboratory Animal Welfare, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, K Bayne, P. Turner, Academic Press, 2013

    The Welfare of Laboratory Animals, 2007

    The Design of Animal Experiments, MFW Festing, P Overend, R Gaines Das, M Cortina Borja, M Berdoy, Laboratory Animal Handbooks NO.14, The Royal Society of Medicine Press, 2002

    Planning and Designing Research Animal Facilities, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, J.R. Hessler & N.D.M. Lehner (eds.) Elsevier, 2009

    What’s Wrong With My Mouse: Behavioral Phenotyping of Transgenic and Knockout Mice, 2nd ed. JC Crawley. Wiley-Liss, 2007

    Module Objective:

    The main aim of the educational modules is to provide a comprehensive basic education in the field of toxicological pathology.  The BSTP believes it is possible to acquire the basis of a comprehensive education in toxicological pathology by attending all Modules in the series.  The series of Modules covers the basic aspects of toxicological pathology as well as specific information for each organ system.

    Key Benefits

    • Basic training for people working in the field of toxicological, discovery and experimental pathology
    • CPD for registered pathologists
    • Updates for experienced pathologists
    • Preparation for FRCPath examination
    • Preparation for ECVP examination

    Who should attend:

    The modular programme is intended for toxicological and discovery pathologists (and other scientists working with animal models), clinical pathologists and toxicologists as well as non-clinical regulatory scientists. The aim is to make the content relevant to both those who are in the early stages of their careers as well as those who have been working for many years and who feel they can benefit from an update (as well as contributing their experience to the group discussions that will take place).

    Module Location:

    The modules will generally be held in Cambridge, detailed travel and accommodation information will be available to those who register for each module.

    Continuing Professional Development:

    Royal College of Pathologists CPD credits will be applied for all modules and meetings organised by the BSTP.

    Full module registration fee includes all scientific sessions, module booklet, CPD/attendance certificate, refreshments during breaks, a light lunch.

    Day delegate registration includes all scientific sessions on the day booked, module booklet, CPD/attendance certificate, refreshments during breaks and a light lunch.

    Students/Resident rates are available – please contact the BSTP Secretariat for further information.  Students/Residents will be required to provide, written confirmation (on headed paper, scanned and sent by email) of their status from their Head of Department prior to registering.

    For any queries relating to the BSTP please contact the BSTP Secretariat –

    ESLAV/ECLAM Winter School



    • January 2019: Systematic Reviews from the 14th to the 18th of January 2019. See more here
    • January 2020: Experimental Design and Statistics
    • January 2021: Laboratory Animal Genetics



    The Winter School runs for a full week and has an enrolment fee of €500 for ESLAV members and Trinity College Dublin personnel. The fee for non-ESLAV members is €600.


    Please, mind that accommodation in Dublin is sometimes scarce depending on the time of the year. We advise any one willing to enroll in the Winter School to book accommodation as soon as possible. You can download a document here with some options.


    Please follow the links for fees or accomodation information.

    For additional information contact


    2020 Winter School on Statistics and Experimental Design

    Applications for the 2020 Winter School on Statistics and Experimental Design are now open.

    Follow this link for  the application form and program information. A detailed hour allocation is described here.

    Payment may be completed via the paypal option in this page.


    ESLAV Meetings’ Financial Support

    Guidelines for applying for financial support for national/regional ESLAV meetings

    Below please find the general guidelines for applying for ESLAV financial support for local/regional laboratory animal veterinarian meetings.  Please note these are meant to be guidelines and there is some flexibility (which will be at the discretion of the ESLAV Board).  Input from ESLAV members about these guidelines should be sent to the Secretary, ESLAV and all comments will be considered as these guidelines evolve.  It is the goal of the ESLAV Board to have these guidelines in place and begin considering applications 1 June 2018.

    Applications must include:

    Name of ESLAV member(s) who will be in charge of organizing the meeting
    Title of meeting/topics to be covered
    Proposed Date and Duration of meeting
    Location of meeting
    Estimated number of participants
    Total estimated budget and amount of support requested from ESLAV (itemization is strongly encouraged)

    General Guidelines

    In order for a meeting to be as strongly considered as possible for financial support from ESLAV, the following guideline should be followed:

    An ESLAV meeting can be arranged within a given country as a national meeting or between a limited number of countries as a regional meeting
    The meeting should be attended by ESLAV members.  Other people may participate but there should be two distinct fees so that ESLAV members are subsidized and nonmembers fees help cover the costs of the meeting.  For example, if there is a meal served, the nonmember fee should cover the entire of cost of their meal.
    The minimum number of attendees should be 10 in order to obtain financial support.  Support for smaller meetings will be considered but given less priority.
    The minimum duration of the meeting should be 3 hours in order to obtain financial support.  Shorter meetings will be considered but given less priority.
    The meeting agenda should include scientific topics relevant within the area of laboratory animal science and/or legislative topics/discussions relevant for laboratory animal science.

    Speakers should be listed, even if only tentative, if possible.

    The application should specify the activities for financial support and estimated expected expenses should be included.  The source(s) of other financial support should be included.  Preference will be given to meetings where there is also financial support from other sources.
    A request for support should be received by the ESLAV Secretary no later than 8 weeks prior to the planned meeting.  A response can be expected from the ESLAV board minimum two weeks prior to the meeting
    If financial support is granted the meeting organizer is committed to prepare a short meeting summary to the ESLAV board following the meeting. The meeting summary will be posted on the ESLAV membership homepage
    A maximum amount of 500 € can be granted for meeting support within a country on an annual basis