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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.

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.

Staff carrying out procedures on animals (Function A) should accomplish at least ten hours of CPD activities/year, and persons designing scientific procedures or projects involving animals (Function B) should accomplish at least 15 hours of CPD activities/year.

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

Therioepistemology – the Study of How Knowledge is Gained from Animal Research

Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Joseph P. Garner, Stanford University, Department of Comparative Medicine, U.S.

More about the speaker: Google Scholar Homepage

Date: Friday 28 June, 2019. Time: 09.00-10.00. Exact location will be announced later in a welcome letter.

Registration: Register here.

Large Animal Anaesthesia (rabbits, pigs and non-human primates)

Speakers: TBC

Date: Wednesday 4 September. Time: 09.00-16.30.

Registration: Free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Register here by 21 Aug.

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

Speaker: Raoul Kuiper, PhD, DVM Dipl. ECVP Pathology, Karolinska Institutet.

Date: 2 October, 2019. Time: 13.00-14.00.

Registration: Register here

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).

Dates and registration links

“Minor procedures on mice”

Date: Friday 28 June. Time: 09.00-12.00.

Trainer: Ingela Berg, Unit for Education and Training in Laboratory Animal Science, Comparative Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.

Registration: Register here by 14 June.

“Minor procedures on rats”

Date: Friday 6 September. Time: 09.00-12.00.

Trainer: Ingela Berg (and other approved trainers, if needed), Unit for Education and Training in Laboratory Animal Science, Comparative Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.

Registration: Register here by 22 Aug.

“Minor procedures on mice”

Date: Friday 25 October. Time: 09.00-12.00.

Trainer: Ingela Berg, Unit for Education and Training in Laboratory Animal Science, Comparative Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.

Registration: Register here by 11 Oct.

“Minor procedures on mice” 

Date: Friday 22 November. Time: 09.00-12.00.

Trainer: Ingela Berg, Unit for Education and Training in Laboratory Animal Science, Comparative Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.

Registration: Register here by 8 Nov.

"Minor procedures on rats"

Date: Monday 2 December. Time: 13.00-16.00.

Trainer: Ingela Berg (and other approved trainers, if needed), Unit for Education and Training in Laboratory Animal Science, Comparative Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.

Registration: Register here by 18 Nov.

Courses

Phenotyping of genetically engineered mice (2 credits)

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.

More information on the course Phenotyping of genetically engineered mice

Date: November 12-21 2019.

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 there is an admission fee.

Other participants from KI (post docs, guest researchers etc.): 7 200 SEK (excluding INDI). External participants: 9 500 SEK (excl. VAT).

Location

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.

Registration

Register for Phenotyping of genetically engineered mice

Design and supervise procedures and projects using animals (Function B)

Find more information about the course Function B.

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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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.

Fees

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

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