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Biomedical Services

COVID 19 UPDATE (APRIL 2020) - Teaching is still going on. See statement here.  (and below)


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 Licence Information page here where you'll find further information about possible training exemptions. 

A full list of all the EU/UK training Modules can be found here.

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.

Practicals 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. 


Monday 12 October Day 1
10am - 12pm EU module 2 Live session
2pm - 4pm EU1 Live session
(+ 1.5hour) EU4   recorded lecture, preparation for day 2
Tuesday 13 October Day 2
10  - 11  am EU 1,2 4 Live session
(+ 2 hours) EU5 Online homework, prep for day 3
2 pm or 3:15 pm EU1 and 2 Live Tutorials  (These may be repeated accross the week depending on numbers)
(+ 3 hours) EU7 recorded lecture, prep for day 3
Wed. 14 October Day 3
10:00 - 11:00 EU 5 & 7 Live session
(+ 1.5 hours) EU20 Online homework, prep for later in the day
2pm -4pm EU6 & 20 Live Tutorial
4pm - 4:30 pm Live Q&A (with all tutors)
Thursday 15 October Day 4  (morning only). Rodent Module:
10 am -11 am EU3 Live session
( + 2 hours) EU3/4 recorded material
END of PIL AB lectures
PIL C LECTURES:  Advanced Anaesthesia and Surgery
Friday 16 October  Day 1
10 am - 10:30 EU 21 and 22 Live session - introduction
( + 4 hours) EU 21 Online homework, prep for Day 2. Completion of online work (progress is monitored) is required before being able to attend Day 2.
Monday 19 October Day 2
10 am - 12:00 EU 21 Live session - report on case studies
(+ 30 mins) EU22 Online homework, prep for the afternoon
2 pm - 3:30 pm E22 Live session 
END of PIL C lectures
Thursday 22 October PIL ABC Assessment
2 pm (PIL AB) and 3 pm (PIL C)  Time limited online assessment