Recommendations for education and training: Category A - Revision (2010)

THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE OUTDATED

Publication

FELASA recommendations for the education and training of laboratory animal technicians: category A: report of the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations Working Group on Education of Animal Technicians (Category A) accepted by the FELASA Board of Management. Weiss J, Bukelskiene V, Chambrier P, Ferrari L, van der Meulen M, Moreno M, Mulkens F, Sigg H, Yates N. Lab Anim. 2010 Jul;44(3):163-9. doi: 10.1258/la.2010.010004

 

Synopsis

The future laboratory animal technician in Europe will be provided with three different levels of education. All candidates have to start with an introductory course to reach level A0. At this level (A0) they will be able to assist in the laboratory animal facility by undertaking limited specific duties under supervision. Most A0 assistants will continue their education and training for at least one year while in full-time employment. This process will include continual assessment with the option of a final examination to become qualified at level A1. A1 represents a comprehensively educated laboratory animal technician with theoretical background knowledge and practical skills. Some of the A1 laboratory animal technicians may continue specific education for at least another year of full-time employment. They will develop knowledge and expertise as well as supervisory and basic managerial skills in order to obtain level A2.