By Adrian Smith

This website provides information on laboratory animal science and alternatives to the use of animals in research, teaching and school dissection classes.

This website aims to be an international reference centre for Laboratory Animal Science, based on the three Rs of Russell & Burch:

  • Replace - replace animal experiments where possible with alternatives.
  • Reduce - reduce the number of experiments, and the number of animals in each experiment, to an absolute minimum.
  • Refine - refine experiments that have to be carried out, so that the animals undergo the minimum of discomfort (preferably none at all), and such that the scientific quality is as high as possible.

This website was originally constructed by the Laboratory Animal Unit at The Norwegian School of Veterinary Science.

In January 2011 the responsibility for this website and its maintenance was taken over by Norecopa, Norway's Consensus-Platform for Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of Animal Experiments.

Norecopa aims for consensus between the four stakeholders involved in animal research: government, academia, industry and the animal welfare movement. Norecopa has its own website (, which should be read in conjunction with these pages.

This website includes 4 databases which are free of charge:

NORINA contains information on over 3,500 audiovisual aids that may be used as alternatives to animals in teaching and training, including dissection alternatives, at all levels from junior school to University.

TextBase contains information on over 1,400 textbooks of relevance to Laboratory Animal Science.

Classic AVs contains information on the same type of product as in NORINA, but using older technology (films, filmstrips, microslides and videodiscs).

3R Guide contains information about 3R resources (information centres, databases, email lists, guidelines and policies).

Historical information

The Laboratory Animal Unit at the Norwegian School of Veterinay Science, which originally developed this website, has played a central role in the education of all categories of people working with experimental animals. The Unit has been visited regularly by schoolchildren and the mass media (Guided Tour on the Internet). You will find more general information on laboratory animal science, which we have assembled especially for schoolchildren, by clicking here.

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The Veterinary School opened a Multimedia Room / Training Clinic to promote the use of alternatives and supplements to animal use in the education of veterinary students and veterinary nurse students.

Awards won by the Laboratory Animal Unit

In January 2014 the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science became part of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, based in ┼s. Animal research at the Laboratory Animal Unit, now called the Section for Experimental Biomedicine, is currently performed in Oslo but will be transferred to ┼s in 2018. The Laboratory Animal Unit / Section for Experimental Biomedicine has been accredited by AAALAC International (Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care) since 2002.

Press releases and similar articles describing the work of the Section for Experimental Biomedicine are available here.

This page was updated 16.09.2015.
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