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Home Office Modules 1-3

(Revised EU Modules L, PILA and PILB)

On fully completing this three day course, participants will have covered the UK standard training requirements to apply for a Home Office Category A to B Licence. The third and final day is set aside for the final exam and practical training in rodent handling.

The Module 1-3 course has been accredited by the Society of Biology for rodents and is delivered by the Head of Operations and the Named Veterinary Surgeon for over 10 years. The theory is delivered over two days with the exam and practical on the third day. 

Please note: applications for this course must be sent from an email address associated with a university or scientific establishment, and may require a letter of support from a senior researcher. Applications which do not meet these criteria will not be accepted. 

Module 1:

  • National legislation
  • Definitions
  • Responsibilities of named persons
  • Responsibility of personal and project licence holders
  • Schedules under the act
  • Other legislation
  • Ethics, animal welfare and refinement, reduction and replacement (3R’s)

Modules 2 and 3:

  • Basic and appropriate biology
  • Animal husbandry
  • Safety in the animal house
  • Animal care, health and management
  • Recognition of pain, suffering and distress
  • Minimally invasive procedures without anaesthesia
  • Anaesthesia for minor procedures

Comprehensive notes are provided throughout the course and case studies, activities, question and answer sessions are used throughout to help reinforce the learning. Some sessions involve active interactions and electronic voting systems.

Note: The full attendance and successful completion of the modules allows the candidate to apply for a Procedural Individual Licence (PIL) from the Home Office. It does not authorise the candidate to carry out regulated procedures on animals.

To register, please complete the form below and send to the email address within it. For further information, please contact