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. 

Achieving Reproducible Mouse Studies

March 19, 2018

Success in the drug development pipeline depends on success in basic and preclinical research. Join us to learn about unique experimental design considerations for mouse-based research.

Target audience: The seminar is ideal for scientists, animal care and veterinary staff working with laboratory mice.

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Guidelines for Sizing Experimental Mouse Colonies

March 19, 2018

Are you unsure of how many breeders to set up to produce the numbers of mice needed for studies? Are you estimating animal costs for a grant? Do you need a tool for planning the expected number of animals needed over the next few years for your Animal Care and Use Protocol? Get the basics on what breeding performance information you need to collect and how to apply it in order to size your mouse colonies as efficiently as possible. 

Target audience: The seminar is ideal for scientists, animal care and veterinary staff working with laboratory mice.

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Mouse necropsy

April 11-18, 2018

This two-day course will provide the students with the theoretical background of performing mouse necropsies, including procedures and methods to preserve organs and tissues for further morphological analysis.

Target audience: Any person working with laboratory mice with previous laboratory animal science education and training on carrying out scientific procedures on mice.

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Refinements of laboratory animal anaesthesia and analgesia - positive and negative impacts on research outcomes

This seminar will review current practice internationally and discuss what could be considered best practice. The emphasis will be on procedures involving small rodents, but the concepts and approach applies to all species used in research.

Target audience: 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.

May 17, 2018

No fee!

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Systematic reviews and meta-analyses in animal research – an introduction

This course objective is to encourage the use and conduct of systematic reviews and meta-analysis in animal research in order to 1) increase scientific quality, 2) to improve translation of animal data to the clinical situation, and 3) to prevent unnecessary duplication of animal studies.

Target audience: any person who is or will be involved with animal studies.

​November 22-23, 2017 

The course is free for PhD students registered at KI. For all other participants and PhD students from other universities the course fee is 3900 SEK (incl. INDI). 

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Phenotyping of genetically engineered mice (2 ECTS)

The course teaches how genetically engineered mice can be phenotyped in a strategic way.

The course aims to teach the basic biology of the laboratory mouse in its context of genetically modified animal models. It will provide an overview of available endpoints, and of the various types of results obtained from different analyses and highlight their complementary value as well as limitations. 

The course is on the doctoral level (2.0 ECTS) but open for post docs and researchers. Target audience: any person who is or will be involved with mouse studies.

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Course start date

December 4-8, 2017 

Agenda December 4-8

Key topics

  • Systematic phenotype analysis
  • Transgenesis methodology and breeding
  • Selection of controls
  • Mouse biology, strain differences and characterization
  • Necropsy techniques, perfusion fixation
  • Post mortem tissue preparation for histology
  • Imaging technique

​Why is the course important for KI's researchers? 

Phenotyping is a broad term that encompasses the integrated recording of a set of biological parameters both on clinical and tissue level, to characterize a condition in an organism. Phenotyping is typically useful to characterize genetically engineered organisms. Successful integrated phenotyping of genetically engineered mice helps researchers identify areas of interest associated with genetic condition, adding to our understanding of gene function and regulation. 

Admission fee

The course is free for PhD students registered at KI. For all other participants and PhD students from other universities the course fee is 8000 SEK including INDI. 


The course location is Karolinska Institutet, Campus Solna. 

Course leader

Leader for the course is Raoul Kuiper, PhD, DVM Dipl. ECVP Pathology, Karolinska Institutet.

For requests, please contact course director Rafael Frias. 


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Hands on workshop: Refine your practical skills for basic animal work

Refresh and refine your practical skills for basic animal work. Key contents are handling and immobilization techniques, dosing (IP, SC, IV), sampling (blood collection) and euthanasia. (EU 3.2, 6.2 and 8)

March 30, 2017 mice (9-12) and April 19th, 2017 rats (9-12)  

Fee 500 SEK (incl. INDI)

Register here for mice

Register here for rats

Application for an animal research project license

Learn how to apply to the animal ethics committee for a project license, we will discuss hints and tips for applicants. (EU 11)

No fee

No dates for 2017

Refine your necropsy techniques (mice/rats)

March 30, 2017 mice (13-16) and April 19th, 2017 rats (13-16) 

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Hands-on training at Comparative Medicine Learning Lab

The Learning lab offers supervised training sessions in small groups to improve your practical skills in laboratory animal science. See "Hands on workshop: Refine your practical skills for basic animal work". 

Learning Lab for rent

Are you looking for a small lecture room that is centrally situated at KI Campus Solna, and that is available for online reservation? Or maybe you are interested in a large and spacious lab, fully equipped for microsurgery in rat and mouse?

The Learning Lab at Comparative Medicine is available for rent for lectures, practical training and research with laboratory animals.

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Click for a panorama view of the interiors of Learning Lab. 

The learning lab can be rented as a:

  • lecture room for a maximum of 20 persons
  • course lab for a maximum of 16 students
  • research lab for short-term and terminal experiments with laboratory animals.

Available equipment (examples): 

  • whiteboard
  • slide projector
  • projector screen
  • stationary computer (PC)
  • wireless Internet
  • 8 microscopes for use in microsurgery
  • gas anesthesia
  • basic lab equipment

Licensed animal facility

The Learning Lab is licensed as an animal facility by the Swedish Board of Agriculture and can house mice and rats for up to six weeks. Genetically modified animals are however not allowed. 

Mice or rats can be provided from our ethics application for customers who want to perform experiments with surgical techniques.  


For lectures: 1150 SEK/day: 8 hours (incl. INDI).

For research and to be used for courses: 1620 SEK/day: 8 hours incl. INDI), alternatively 6700 SEK/week (incl. INDI)

Make a request for a reservation 

Log on to Time Edit to make a request for a reservation of Learning Lab.  In Swedish: “Beställning Learning Lab”.

Your reservation must be confirmed before you can use the lab.

Please note: All persons entering the Learning Lab are on a 24-hour quarantine before they can enter another animal facility. Persons allergic to laboratory animals shall not enter the Learning Lab.

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