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Procedures requiring surgery and anaesthesia

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

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

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 Anaesthesia, analgesia & surgery in mice and rats.

Course dates

May 20-24, 2019.


Register here for the course

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 (post docs, guest researchers etc.): 7 200 SEK (excluding INDI).

External participants: 9 500 SEK (excl. VAT).


The course location is Karolinska Institutet, Campus Solna.

Course evaluation

Course evaluation 2018

Course evaluation 2017