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Centre for Laboratory Animal Training (CeLAT)

Centre for Laboratory Animal Training (CeLAT) is a small centre established in 2018 by animal caretakers and veterinarians dedicated to optimize animal welfare in laboratory animals. The centre functions as a virtual as well as physical meeting place for animal caretakers and others, focusing on continuing education in animal training techniques and animal-centred, positive management of laboratory animals.

CeLATs primary purpose is to disseminate knowledge on the many benefits of positive handling, training and management of laboratory animals and therefore CeLAT is hosting an annual seminar, at which members of CeLAT present their experiences and progress within the field. This seminar is free of charge and everybody is welcome. The seminar is in Danish.


CeLAT consists primarily of animal caretakers and veterinarians employed in Danish experimental animal units. All communication takes place in Danish, but veterinarians and veterinarians from other Scandinavian countries are also welcome. To become a member of CeLAT, you must work with experimental animals. You can become a member of CeLAT by registering on CeLAT's website (Danish). Then you will automatically receive our newsletter and invitations to meetings and seminars.

CeLAT also has a closed facebook group where members can exchange ideas and experiences. This facebook group is for the animal keepers and animal technicians who work on a daily basis with welfare optimization via animal-focused handling (handling with a focus on the animals' needs and preferences) and / or training of the experimental animals. If you want to be a member of the facebook group, you must send an application form to Dorte Bratbo ( You will find the form here (Danish).

Steering Committee

The CeLAT steering committee comprises two animal caretakers and two veterinarians. Chairman is Dorte Bratbo Sørensen.

  • Annette Pedersen (Animal caretaker and training coordinator at Copenhagen Zoo)
  • Martin Carlsen (Animal caretaker at Novo Nordisk)
  • Cathrine Bundgaard (veterinarian at LASCON)
  • Dorte Bratbo Sørensen (veterinarian at University of Copenhagen).