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Workshops announced for 2018

With funding from the BBSRC, Newcastle University has developed two modular courses for people working with laboratory animals. These courses have been held successfully since 2006. Both courses are aimed at veterinary nurses, technicians, scientists, and veterinarians.

Workshop on the Assessment, Prevention and Alleviation of Pain and Distress in Laboratory Animals

9th - 11th April 2018

This workshop will provide an up-to-date review of the assessment, prevention and alleviation of pain and distress in laboratory animals.

The workshop will be of interest to veterinarians, animal technicians, research scientists, and members of ethics committees. Seminars will be extensively illustrated with video material and ample time provided for discussion. Although greatest emphasis will be given to rodents, the general approaches discussed are applicable to all laboratory species, and specific case-studies will include a wide range of species.

This workshop has concluded.

Workshop on Laboratory Animal Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care

12th - 14th September 2018

This will be an interactive workshop and in order to facilitate discussion, the number of participants will be limited. The course includes a practical session on the use of monitoring apparatus (using human subjects) and problem-based group discussions. The content is aimed at a wide audience, including veterinary, technical and scientific staff involved in anaesthetising laboratory animals and those who advise on appropriate techniques. The workshop would also provide an update on current best practice, and offer practical solutions to some of the common problems encountered when anaesthetising animals in a research setting.

Course tutors will include Professor Paul Flecknell (Newcastle University) and Eddie Clutton (RCVS Specialist and European College Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia, University of Edinburgh).

The topics covered will include:
  • Pharmacology of commonly used injectable and inhalational agents and their potential interactions with experimental procedures.

  • Physiological monitoring and maintenance of anaesthesia, with a particular focus on long-term anaesthesia and smaller species.

  • Pharmacology, indications and issues with the use of less commonly used agents (e.g. alpha-chloralose, urethane).

  • Use of anaesthetic circuits, ventilators and monitoring equipment.

  • Practical issues when anaesthetising animals in a research setting.

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