Training on Experimental Animal Use Regulations & Procedures

- New EU-Regulations on requirements for conducting research involving animals

- Animal welfare and responsibilities of researchers

- Study designs and Bio-statistics

- Basic animal physiology

- Competency in basic and routine animal care procedures

- Competency in relevant experimental procedures

Vision and Values Statement
This professional certificate is designed, in line with the requirements of Article 23 of Directive 2010/63/EU, to train personnel who are involved in use of animals for experimental research. Students will learn about their responsibilities and regulatory requirements when undertaking research studies involving the use of live animals for experimental research or teaching in professional practice. Students will develop their skills and knowledge that will enhance the management and ethical treatment of animals. This programme is recognised by HPRA (Health Products Regulatory Authority) as an appropriate accredited scientific animal training course in Ireland. The Training on Experimental Animal Use, Regulations and Procedures (TEARAP) programme will be delivered through innovative online teaching and assessment approaches. We value and encourage students to become self-regulated learners and ethical practitioners. The programme is therefore designed to enable students to self-direct their own learning on a part-time basis; registration to the TEARAP programme is available year-round, giving students the flexibility to take the programme whenever it suits them.

Subjects taught

Two core modules will be delivered online via e-lectures, texts, images, videos and links to online educational resources. Additionally, the candidate will also select a species-specific elective module focussed on rodents or farm animals.

The candidates will have the flexibility to undertake the online learning materials at their convenience.

Duration: Registration to the TEARAP programme is available year-round, giving you the flexibility to take the programme whenever suits you. The programme is designed to be completed over the course of one month. A maximum of 3 months is allowed to complete the course.

Stage 1 - Core

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have a degree with appropriate background in the biological sciences.

Applicants will require a computer with a webcam and reliable high-speed broadband Internet access as well as an intermediate level of IT skills (be able to browse the Internet, download files, use email, complete online forms, use software such as MS Excel and Word).

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

Prof Cert TEARAP (Sept) PT (D048)
Attend Part Time

UCD staff members can apply online at

Registered UCD post-graduate students do not apply online - please e-mail for further details on how to register.

All other applicants can apply online at

Please e-mail with any queries about the course.e.


3 months Part-Time online.

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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