How to get started

Depending on whether you are a new or experienced user of our services, there are different things you need to do in order to get started.

New user

If you have not used the Department's services or facilities before, we encourage you to book a meeting with one of our veterinarians for a discussion of your project and the necessary things to do before you can get started.

Topics to be discussed with the veterinarian:

  • How and where you can work within AEM's facilities
  • Your qualifications
  • Which licenses you need for your project
  • Your need for access to procedure rooms and scientific equipment
  • Your acquisition and possible breeding of experimental animals

To book a meeting, please send an e-mail to

After the meeting, you must fill out a project plan form based on the meeting with the veterinarian before you can begin an experiment. In the box to the right, you can download the different types of project plans.

You will also need to fill out the access form in order to gain access to the Department's units as well as create a user account at AEM to order services or animals. If needed, you can see a list of all our forms and requisitions.

Experienced user

If you are an experienced user and need to start a new type of experiment, you will need to fill out a new project plan. We recommend that you meet with one of our veterinarians to talk about your new experiment. To book a meeting with a veterinarian, please send an e-mail to

If you consider a meeting to be unnecessary, you can fill out a new project plan without meeting with one of our veterinarians.

Read about how you order animals for experiments