Course Advanced course in Laboratory Animal Science – Porcine models in biomedical research

ECTS: 5

Course leader: Birgitte Saima Kousholt

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Graduate program: ClinFO

Course fee: 9,000.00 DKK

Status: Course is started

Semester: Spring 2024

Application deadline: 18/01/2024

Cancellation deadline: 01/02/2024

Course type: Classroom teaching

Start date: 19/02/2024

Administrator: Lena Melchior Villadsen

Waiting list

You will be placed on a waiting list on registration and will be chosen to participate on the course by Course leader

Criteria for participation

In order to participate in this course, you must have passed the Basic loboratory animal science course (EU category A/D course)

Online preparation

Be aware that you should have completed the online modules before the first course day. Online material to be completed before the course will be available two weeks before the first course day.

The course C116/21 Advanced course in Laboratory Animal Science – Porcine models in biomedical research is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, 2024.

Criteria for participation:  University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).

Requirements for participation: Basic course or equivalent to basic course in laboratory animal science

Aim: To give the participants knowledge on best practice procedures when using the pig as an animal model in preclinical science. The students will learn more about ethics and the 3Rs. The course will furthermore draw attention to the importance of anaesthesia and analgesia and the participants will gain hands-on experience performing general surgical procedures. There will be lectures on regulatory requirements and application procedures. 

Learning outcomes: The course will, in unison with the basic course in laboratory animal science, qualify participants to apply for and obtain licence to perform animal experiments in Denmark.

Workload: The full workload of the course is expected to be 64 hours

Content: Theory and hands-on training consisting of lectures, practical exercises, online learning, assignment, exam.

Online preparation: Be aware that you should have completed the online modules before the first course day. Online material to be completed before the course will be available two weeks before the first course day.

Knowledge: After completion, we expect the participant to have gained knowledge within:

  • Regulatory requirements and application requirements
  • Basic concepts of anaesthesia, analgesia and euthanasia of pigs.
  • Basic concepts of surgical instrumentation of pigs and surgical procedures
  • The principles of planning and designing procedures and projects, as well as evaluating studies using live animals, specifically pigs
  • Knowledge on the 3Rs

Skills: After completion, the student will be able to/ have knowledge of:

  • Comply with regulatory requirements and make an application to perform animal experiments
  • The basic concepts of surgical instrumentation of pigs
  • The principles of planning and designing procedures and projects, as well important aspects in evaluating translational value of studies using live animal
  • The theoretical use of replacement, reduction and refinement in the design and performance of animal experiments to the benefit of research achievements
  • Follow the ARRIVE guidelines

Competencies: After completion, the student will be able to:

  • Apply to regulatory requirements and apply for a licence to perform animal experiments
  • Perform basic anaesthesia and analgesia procedures in pigs
  • Perform basic surgical instrumentation of pigs
  • Perform translational research with consideration to both quality and ethics

Instructors: several instructors.

Venue: The surgical research facility, Dept of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, Palle Juul Jensens Blvd. 99, 8200 Aarhus N

Participation in the course is without cost for:

Course dates:

  • 19 February 2024 08:00 - 16:00
  • 20 February 2024 08:00 - 16:00
  • 21 February 2024 08:00 - 16:00
  • 22 February 2024 08:00 - 16:00
  • 23 February 2024 08:00 - 16:00