Assessment and alleviation of pain and distress in laboratory animals

This course is about assessment and alleviation of pain and distress in laboratory animals.

About the course

The course provides a broad understanding of the physiology of pain and distress, concepts of consciousness in animals, and means of assessing pain and distress in animals. Key details on the pharmacology of analgesic agents is provided to underpin selection of appropriate treatment regimens in laboratory species.

The potential confounding effects of pain, distress, and analgesic use on research protocols will be described, together with means of avoiding these confounding effects.


  • Emeritus Professor Paul A Flecknell, MA, VetMB, PhD, DECLAM, DLAS, DECVA, (Hon) DACLAM, FRSB, (Hon) FIAT, (Hon) FRCVS Newcastle University, U.K
  • Matthew Leach, Ph.D., Lecturer, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University, U.K.

LAS CPD credits

1 credit.

Course fee

Free for doctoral students and postdocs registered at Karolinska Institutet.

For the rest of KI participants is 3 900 SEK (including INDI), and for externals is 5 900 SEK (excluding VAT).

Komparativ Medicin