By Karina Smith (Senior Consultant)

A database of alternatives or supplements to animal use in education and training.

NORINA (A Norwegian Inventory of Alternatives) is an English-language database containing information on over 3,500 audiovisual aids that may be used as alternatives or supplements to the use of animals in education and training, including dissection alternatives, at all levels from Junior School to University.  The information in the database has been collected from 1991 onwards.

Browse NORINA free of charge using the search engine in the right hand margin.

We have just released version 1 of a new search engine which incorporates several advanced features. This may be accessed at
A Help File describing these features can be read here.

Click here to browse a list of all products in NORINA in alphabetical order.

Please use the Feedback facility in the right hand margin if you find outdated information or wish to make us aware of products not cited in NORINA.

Norecopa maintains three other additional databases:

  1. 3R Guide, covering 3R-resources of use to those planning or conducting animal experiments (databases, guidelines, information centres, email lists, journals)
  2. TextBase covering literature within laboratory animal science and alternatives
  3. Classic AVs (a subset of NORINA covering audiovisuals using older technology)
Searches in one database return hits in the other three plus hits on the webpages on this website.

NORINA was created and developed by Senior Consultant Karina Smith at the Laboratory Animal Unit at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science. NORINA was taken over by Norecopa in 2011. The project is now financed by Nordisk Samfunn mot Smertevoldende Dyrefors°k. The project has also received a donation from the Stiansen Foundation.

For more information about the NORINA database, please contact

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Thanks to all the sponsors of NORINA.

Articles describing NORINA and related databases:

The NORINA database of alternatives

Databases on alternatives: What is available and how are they used?

While we make every effort to keep the information in these databases updated, we cannot accept responsibility for factual errors, including availability and price.
We do not supply the products in NORINA or TextBase ourselves. Please always contact the supplier for the latest information before you order.

Number of records in NORINA: 3607
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