Procedures requiring surgery and anaesthesia

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The aim of these courses is to follow up the learning outcomes acknowledged for Function B. 

Surgical techniques in rat and mouse (2 ECTS) 

A training course in specialised microsurgery techniques in laboratory rodents. The course is given as a doctoral course but open for postdocs, researchers and animal caretakers. The course is given in cooperation with the Department of Zoo Physiology at Gothenburg University, Sweden. 

The course consists of five days of full-time studies and training of practical skills in microsurgery techniques. The course has scheduled hours for the specific techniques in rodents that you and your fellow students request and want to learn. Please observe that the practical training takes place in a quarantine facility, and that you will not be able to enter your departmental animal facility during the course week. 

We admit 16 students per course. Read more about the course


To apply for the course you need to have previous qualifications in laboratory animal science on FELASA B level (Directive Function A, D – EU Directive 2010/63, art. 23-26) or equivalent.

Course start date

Next course will be given October 9-13, 2017. 

Agenda for the course

Apply for the course 

Application: Surgical techniques in rat and mouse

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 15 000 SEK including INDI. 

University credits

Successful completion of the course entitles all students to 2.0 university credits. A complete Swedish civic registration number is required for receiving university credits. 


Comparative Medicine Learning Lab, Karolinska Institutet, Campus Solna. 

Anaesthesia, analgesia & surgery in mice and rats - with Paul Flecknell (1,5 ECTS)

The main goal of this course is to provide education and training in anaesthesia and analgesia in laboratory mice and rats. The instructor for this course is the internationally recognised expert Paul Flecknell.

Procedures causing pain and discomfort in small rodents must be performed under general anaesthesia. Pain relief must be provided postoperatively and also needs to be provided to prevent pain associated with non-surgical procedures. This course will provide the latest information on laboratory animal anaesthesia and the most recently developed methods of pain assessment and alleviation. 

Target audience: education and training in anaesthesia and surgery is required for staff carrying out (Function A) or designing (Function B) major scientific procedures on animals i.e. procedures that require the use of either anaesthesia or surgery.

Key topics:

  • Anaesthesia and analgesia in rats and mice (lectures)
  • Recognition and evaluation of pain and distress in rats and mice (lectures and video exercise)
  • Intubation, i.v. access (hands-on-practical)
  • How to choose between different anaesthetics (theory and hands-on-practical)
  • How to monitor general anaesthesia (theory and hands-on-practical)

Read more about the course

Course evaluation 2017

Course dates

May 15-17, 2018 


Register here 

Please register as soon as possible - the course will be organized if there is at least 10 participants. Registration condition: priority is given to doctoral students from KI, followed by KI and external participants, in that order. 

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: 4 000 SEK (incl. INDI)

External participants: 8 000 SEK


The course location is Karolinska Institutet, Campus Solna. 


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