Workshop – Anaesthesia (Oct 2023)


  • This workshop will be held from 17th – 19th October 2023 and delivered using a combination of pre-recorded webinars, “live” webinars and e-learning modules.
  • The course tutor will be Professor Paul Flecknell.
  • The workshop will be hosted on the Research Animal Training website.
  • The registration fee for the workshop is £300 GBP (approx. €360) and registration can be made at the bottom of this page.
  • A discount of £50 can be claimed if you sign up for our November Pain Anaesthesia Course at the same time.
  • The number of participants will be restricted so that the interactive sessions remain manageable.

This workshop is aimed at animal technicians, veterinarians, research workers and others who want to improve their understanding of this topic. 


  • Participants will be required to review pre-recorded seminars prior to attending a series of live sessions. 
  • To assist in the scheduling of the pre-recorded materials, we present each of these as a series of shorter (15-30 minute) video sequences which can be viewed independently.
  • A series of e-learning modules, dealing with all of the learning outcomes of EU21 are also included in the course, to provide information and explanation to support the seminar topics.
  • These e-learning modules are also broken up into a series of lessons so that participants can break and resume their studies at their convenience.
  • Live sessions will start each day at 14:00 or 15:00 (UK) time.


  • Over 7 hours of pre-recorded seminars.
  • Three 90 minute live “problem-based” sessions.
  • Eight e-learning modules.
  • Additional reading and reference material.
  • All pre-recorded content is available in advance of the workshop and a suggested timetable for completion will be provided.
  • Participants will be able to access all content (after its release date) for a period of 3 months.
  • Registration for the workshop also includes access to all of the other training materials on the RAT website. 


The pre-recorded material and e-learning modules will be delivered via and the live sessions using the Zoom video platform ( We will also use Mentimeter ( for the interactive sessions.

Although not essential, it may be easier to have a smartphone as well as a laptop for the interactive sessions.

Topics Covered

Anaesthesia and the 3Rs

  • An introduction to laboratory animal anaesthesia, reviewing current practice and providing an overview of the use of anaesthesia in laboratory animals and its impact on refinement.

Choosing and using anaesthetic and analgesics agents

  • A review of the different injectable and inhalation agents and how they can be used in laboratory rodents and rabbits. An overview of analgesic agents that can be used for pain management and as part of balanced anaesthetic regimens.

Managing and monitoring anaesthesia

  • Making sure anaesthesia is as safe and effective as possible, what monitoring devices are available and how can they best be used in rodents and rabbits.

Dealing with problems and emergencies

  • What to do when things go wrong – and how to prevent problems happening.

Managing long-term anaesthesia

  • A review of the difficulties associated with prolonged anaesthesia, the advantages and disadvantages of specific anaesthetic agents.

Working with neonatal and aged animals

  • Specific issues related to anaesthesia and perioperative care of neonatal animals and aged animals.

Post-operative care

  • Providing supportive post-operative care, including management of post-operative pain.

Interactive sessions: managing laboratory animal anaesthesia

  • These sessions will use a scenario-based approach to encourage participants to apply their knowledge and understanding of anaesthesia to solve a number of different problems. Time will also be provided for general discussion and a Question and Answer session.

Registration for this workshop is now full.