Home Office Licensee Training
The Royal Veterinary College provides training courses for individuals seeking to apply to the Home Office for Personal or Project Licences under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
For 2022 and until further notice our courses are expertly taught live online with a tutor. The handling, suturing and minor procedure modules (practicals) are held in person at the RVC, or at your own institution by request. Self-study-e-learning courses are available to start at any time. Please apply using the application form, or for information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply
Apply using the Home Office Licensee Training online application form and see our upcoming dates:
Our programmes are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology; an essential requirement to gain Home Office licences. They are offered as modules, according to the type of license required and participants take part in lectures, practicals and workshops. We cover many species, including rodents, rabbits, large animals, pigs, dogs, cats, ferrets and horses
We also offer:
- Advanced training and refresher courses for individuals who already have Home Office licences
- Modules for staff working in research organisations who would benefit from knowledge about legislation, such as Ethical Review Committee members
Home Office modular courses are now aligned to EU training modules.
For intending Personal Licence holders:
E1 & L: Ethical background to the Act, details on the Act's requirements and other related legislation.
PIL A & B: ‘Core’ modules 3 – 8 (mouse, rat, hamster, guinea-pig, rabbit): General biology and care of research animals, health and safety, introduction to anaesthesia.
PIL C: 1-day course, covering basic Surgery and Anaesthesia techniques (EU modules 20 – 22)
For intending Project Licence holders:
PPL holder training: Preparation and management of the Project Licence, statistics and experimental design.
Course fees are competitive (see application form for details) and cover online access to course resources, handouts and information booklets, refreshments and the Royal Society of Biology Certificate (this is required to apply for a Home Office Personal or Project Licence).
Advanced training and workshops
We also offer half-day courses and bespoke workshops at the RVC or at the client's facility.
- Aseptic surgical techniques
- Advanced anaesthesia and analgesia
- Ethics in animal research
- Refresher course on legislation.
Special surgical workshops are held at the RVC, covering intubation for anaesthesia, cannulation, suturing and ovariectomy and orchiectomy.
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