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Continuing professional development (CPD)

The aim of these educations is to follow the legal requirements for maintenance and demonstration of competence, and to facilitate the implementations of the 3R’s in routine animal work.

It is also a part of Comparative Medicine’s career ladder, outlining opportunities for competence development and for animal technicians at KI to advance to other positions.

Required

  • 5 hours/year (function C)
  • 10 hours/year (function A)
  • 15 hours/year (function B)
  • 20 hours/year (special roles as veterinarians, ethologists, experts, 3R officer, manager of animal unit)

Seminars

All CPD seminars are free of charge. To those attending, a CPD certificate will be provided. According to the Directive 2010/63/EU and SJVFS 2017:40 (L150), all persons working with research animals are required to maintain their LAS competence via CPD activities.

Exact location of this seminar will be announced later, as it depends on the total number of registered participants.

Seminars in September

Insights from ten years of talking to UK school children about animal research

Speaker: Wendy Jarrett, Chief Executive, Understanding Animal Research, London, U.K.
Date: Wednesday 18 September 15.00-16.00.
Registration: Registration is closed.

Designing and Optimizing Mouse Breeding Schemes

Speaker: Grace Berryhill. Ph.D., Technical Information Scientist, from The Jackson Laboratory, U.S.
Date: Wednesday 25 September 13.00-14.00.
Registration: Register here by September 10.

Guidelines for Sizing Experimental Mouse Colonies

Speaker: Grace Berryhill. Ph.D., Technical Information Scientist, from The Jackson Laboratory, U.S.
Date: Wednesday 25 September 14.00-15.00.
Registration: Register here by September 10.

Moving away from using animals in research: revolution or evolution?

Speaker: Emeritus Prof. Coenraad Hendriksen, Department of Animals in Science and Society; 3R Centre Utrecht Life Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Date: Friday 27 September 09.00-10.00.
Registration: Register here by September 12.

Seminars in October

Mouse mysteries - a pathologist’s view on how to reveal them

Speaker: Raoul Kuiper, PhD, DVM Dipl. ECVP Pathology, Karolinska Institutet.
Date: Wednesday 2 October 13.00-14.00.
Registration: Register here by September 19

Recent advances in assessing the emotional component of pain in animals

Speaker: Matthew Leach, Ph.D., Lecturer, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University, U.K.
Date: Thursday 10 October 13.00-14.00.
Registration: Register here by September 25.

Seminars in November

Contribution of animal welfare to science

Speakers: Emma Andersson (Assistant Professor, KI), Keira Melican (Assistant Professor, KI), and KM staff.
Date: Wednesday 6 November 12.00-15.00.
Registration: Register here by October 22.

CRISPRing the Mouse: Myths and Realities of Genome Editing

Speaker: Dr. Adriano Flora, The Jackson Laboratory, Europe.
Date: Thursday 14 November 09.00-10.00.
Registration: Register here by October 29.

Intrinsic factors affecting the mouse phenotype

Speaker: Dr. Cory Brayton, Director, Phenotyping Core, and Associate Professor of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, U.S.
Date: Friday 15 November 09.00-10.00.
Registration: Register here by October 30.

Extrinsic factors affecting the mouse phenotype

Speaker: Dr. Cory Brayton, Director, Phenotyping Core, and Associate Professor of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, U.S.
Date: Monday 18 November 09.00-10.00.
Registration: Register here by November 3.

Seminars in December

How should we assess the severity of procedures in experimental animals and the impact of refinements

Speaker: Emeritus Professor Paul A. Flecknell, MA, VetMB, PhD, DECLAM, DLAS, DECVA, (Hon) DACLAM, FRSB, (Hon) FIAT, (Hon) FRCVS, Newcastle University, and CEO of Flair Consultants, U.K.
Date: Friday 6 December 14.00-15.00.
Registration: Register here by November 22.

Workshops - minor procedures on mice or rats

Registration is now open for the CPD LAS workshops “Minor procedures on mice or rats” (i.e. procedures not requiring of anaesthesia or surgery). These workshops are aimed at:

  • persons who already have some experience in carrying out minor procedures on mice/rats, but would need some additional training to refine their technique;
  • persons who would like to get additional training in less minor common procedures such as intravenous injections or oral gavage;
  • persons who will start to work with mice/rats again after a prolonged break in animal work.

Entry requirements

The pre-requisite for admission is to have previous education to carry out procedures on animals.

Purpose

Correct handling of animals is essential part in routine husbandry work and experimental procedures. Dosing substances to mice and rats can have a significant impact on their welfare and on the study goals, e.g. pain relieving drugs may not be effective when they are incorrectly administered. Collecting a blood sample and blood analysis is one of the most common procedures performed on lab animals, and it is thus essential to withdraw the sample according to good practice. Eventually, all animals used in research must be humanely killed due to legal, scientific, or clinical reasons.

Objectives

After these workshops, trainees should be able to:

  • Handle and restrain a mouse or a rat according to good practice.
  • Perform minor procedures on mice or rats such as dosing, blood sampling, and euthanasia according to good practice.

Contents

The workshops will cover key basic aspects regarding minor procedures on mice/rats, including handling and immobilization techniques, dosing (IP, SC, IV and/or oral gavage), blood sampling (tail, saphenous vein), and euthanasia (physical and chemical methods). The contents of these workshops are based on the EU recommendations for education and training of personnel carrying out minor procedures on animals (EU modules 3.2, 6.2 and 8).

Teaching methods

These workshops are fully practical and involves the use of animals. They will be conducted by approved trainers on minor procedures on rodents.

Number of participants

A minimum of two, and a maximum of 16 participants will be admitted in each workshop.

Selection of participants

Selection will be based on first-come, first-served basis.

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

According to the Directive 2010/63/EU and the Swedish legislation (SJVFS 2017:40), persons working with research animals are required to maintain their competence in laboratory animal science (LAS) via continuing education. For persons carrying out minor procedures on animals, at least 10 hours of CPD is recommended yearly. This workshop is CPD activity in LAS recognized by the Education and Training Unit, Comparative Medicine. Certificates of attendance (3 hours) will be provided.

Language of instruction

Either English or Swedish.

Workshop fee

A nominal fee will be charged for each workshop to KI participants to cover the direct costs of the animals, licenses, materials, etc.

  • The fee of a mouse workshop for KI participants is 2 100 SEK (including INDI), and for externals is 5 200 SEK (excluding VAT).
  • The fee of a rat workshop for KI participants is 2 900 SEK (including INDI), for externals is 5 700 SEK (excluding VAT).

Workshops - dates and registration links

Hands-on workshop: Minor procedures on mice

Trainer: Ingela Berg (and other approved trainers, if needed), Unit for Education and Training in Laboratory Animal Science, Comparative Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.
Fee: KI participants: 2 100 SEK (including INDI); Externals: 5 200 SEK (excluding VAT).
Date: Friday October 25, 09.00-12.00. Register here by October 11.
Date: Friday November 22, 09.00-12.00. Register here by November 11.

Hands-on workshop: Minor procedures on rats

Trainer: Ingela Berg (and other approved trainers, if needed), Unit for Education and Training in Laboratory Animal Science, Comparative Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.
Fee: KI participants: 2 900 SEK (including INDI); Externals: 5 700 SEK (excluding VAT).
Date: Monday December 2, 13.00-16.00. Register here by November 18.