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If you are applying for a Personal Licence under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 you first have to attend and pass an accredited course.  

Everyone applying for a personal licence has to pass PIL A & B (EU Modules 1-8 & 20).  Some of the modules (3-8) are species specific so you'll need to complete assessments according to the species you'll be working with.  

If you'll be doing surgical procedures you'll need to pass the additional PIL C training.

Personal Licence Holders who need to amend their licence will just need to attend the relevant additional training (eg to add a species or surgical procedures)

If you're an experienced overseas researcher applying for a PIL in the UK for the first time, have a look at the Personal License Information page where you'll find further information about possible training exemptions. 

Full list of the EU/UK training modules.

Online PIL ABC Course - June/July 2024

The draft timetable is below. The course will be a mixture of online live lectures, tutorials in small groups and QA sessions with a range of tutors as well as online tasks and preparations in between. Attendance to live online sessions '(in bold below) is compulsory. 

Practical's will be completed as soon as it is possible to do so, and a licence can be applied as soon as they are successfully completed (with certificate). Our team will help you do that. The following is a preliminary timetable to help you plan. 

Surcharge £55:00  -  If you register less than 2 weeks before course starts.


Monday 24th June Day 1
10:00am - 12:00 Noon EU module 2 Live session
2:00pm - 3:00pm EU1 Live session
(+ 1.5hour) EU4   recorded lecture, preparation for day 2
Tuesday 25th June
Day 2
10:00am - 11:15am EU 1,2 4 Live Q&A
(+ 2 hours) EU5 Online homework, prep for day 3
12:00 Noon - 2:00pm - 3:30 pm  EU1 and 2 Live Tutorials (These may be repeated across the week depending on numbers)
(+ 3 hours) EU7 recorded lecture, prep for day 3
Wednesday 26th June
Day 3
(+ 1.5 hours) EU20 Online homework, prep for later in the day
10:00am or 12:00 noon EU6 & 20 Live Tutorials
Thursday 27th June
Day 4 (morning only)Rodent Module:

10:00am -11:15am &

11:30am - 12:00 Noon


Live session


(+ 2 hours) EU3/4 recorded material

Live Concluding remarks (with all tutors)

END of PIL AB lectures

PIL C LECTURES:  Advanced Anaesthesia and Surgery

Thursday 27th June


Friday 28th June & Monday 1st July

home preparation.

(+ 3 hours)


Tuesday 2nd July

PIL C introduction - 14:20pm - 15:00pm


Research Animal Training - emodules

EU 21 (1,2,3,5,6)   U21 (7)   U22 (8)



Live Lectures and Tutorials 


Thursday 4th July
PIL ABC Assessment
10:00am (PIL AB) and 11:00am (PIL C)  Time limited online assessment