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Workshop – October 2021

October 2021 Online Workshop - Recognition, prevention and alleviation of pain and distress in laboratory animals

Introduction

This workshop will be held from 4th – 15th October 2021 and delivered using a combination of pre-recorded webinars, “live” webinars and e-learning modules. Course tutors will be Professor Paul Flecknell and Dr Matt Leach. The workshop will be hosted via the Research Animal Training web site (www.researchanimaltraining.com). The registration fee for the workshop is £200 GBP and registration can be made at the bottom of this page. The number of participants will be restricted so that the interactive sessions remain manageable.
 

This workshop is based on the in-person workshops held previously in Newcastle Upon Tyne and is aimed at animal technicians, veterinarians, research workers and others who want to improve their understanding of this topic.

 

Scheduling

  • Participants will be required to review 3-5 pre-recorded seminars and/or e-learning modules every 3-4 days, over a 2-week period. 
  • To assist in the scheduling of the pre-recorded materials, we present each of these as a series of 3-4 short (10-15 minute) video sequences which can be viewed independently.
  • The 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 be run at 15.00 (UK) time.

Content

  • Pre-recorded seminars will be 45 – 80 minutes in total, each comprising 3-4 shorter sections
  • Live sessions will last 45 – 60 minutes followed by a 15 minute Q & A.
  • Additional reading and reference material will also be provided.
  • All pre-recorded content is available from the start of the workshop, but we provide a suggested timetable for completion below.
  • Participants will be able to access the content (after its release date) for a period of 3 months. 

Interactivity

The pre-recorded material and e-learning modules will be delivered via www.researchanimaltraining.com and the live sessions using the Zoom video platform (zoom.us). We will also use Mentimeter (mentimeter.com) and Padlet (padlet.com) for the interactive sessions, and access to some of the video material for pain scoring via the Research Animal Training web site.

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

Each pre-recorded webinar will be followed by a short online quiz related to the content of the webinar. The e-learning modules contain self-assessment questions throughout and an “end-of-module” quiz.

  • Participants will be required to review 3-5 pre-recorded seminars and/or e-learning modules every 3-4 days, over a 2-week period. 
  • To assist in the scheduling of the pre-recorded materials, we present each of these as a series of 3-4 short (10-15 minute) video sequences which can be viewed independently.
  • The 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 be run at 15.00 (UK) time.

Block 1 (4th - 8th October)

Course datesContent Date for completion
All pre-recorded content available from 27th September
4th - 6th OctoberPre-recorded seminar - What is pain and distress (ML)6th October (15.00h)
Pre-recorded seminar - Why we need to assess pain and distress, and how to do it (ML)
6th October 15.00h-16.00hCage-side methods of pain assessment (part 1) (“live”, ML)Live session
7th October 15.00h-16.00hCage-side methods of pain assessment (part 1) (“live”, ML)Live session
8th October 15.00h-16.00hCage-side methods of pain assessment (part 3) (“live” ML)Live session

Block 2 (9th - 12th October)

Course datesContent Date for completion
All pre-recorded content available from 27th September
9th - 12th OctoberE-learning module - The Severity Assessment Framework12th October (15.00h)
12th October 15.00h-16.30hSeverity assessment, using scoresheets and refining procedures (“live”, problem-solving session, PAF)Live session

Block 3 (13th - 15th October)

Course datesContent Date for completion
All pre-recorded content available from 27th September
13th - 15th OctoberPre-recorded seminar - Pain, nociception and how analgesics work (PAF)15th October (15.00h)
Pre-recorded seminar - Analgesics - what to give, when and how (PAF)
Pre-recorded seminar - Analgesics - what to give, when and how – larger mammals and nonmammalian species (PAF)
Pre-recorded seminar - Using analgesics in a research environment - problems and pitfalls (PAF)
E-learning module - Post Anaesthetic Care
15th October 15.00h-17.00hPractical exercises in avoiding and minimising pain and distress (“live” PAF)Live session

Seminar Details

This webinar will discuss what we know about pain and distress in people and animals and explain some of the concepts relevant to assessing animal welfare.

This webinar will give an overview of how methods of assessing pain and distress have evolved, and provide an up-to-date summary of the methods that can be used in a range of different species.                   

This series of webinars will enable participants to practice the pain scoring techniques described earlier, focusing on assessing animal behaviour, assessing pain faces in rats and mice and assessing pain faces in non-rodent species.

These e-learning modules address the learning outcomes of a new EC module dealing with assessing the severity of procedures. They explain the legal, ethical and practical issues surrounding assessment of severity. The modules also include an explanation of prospective, on-going and retrospective assessment of severity, and include a series of examples of severity assessments.

This webinar will explain how different types of analgesic act to reduce or eliminate pain. It will link this information with our understanding of nociception and pain in animals.

This webinar will review the practicalities of managing pain in a research setting. Part two of this webinar will give a brief overview of pain management in non-mammalian species and give some additional information on analgesic use in larger mammals.

This webinar will review some of the reasons for the low level of use of analgesics in research animals and explain how some of these barriers to effective pain relief can be overcome.

This e-learning module outlines methods of reducing, avoiding or alleviating pain and distress by improving perioperative care, providing high standards of animal care, and by the refinement of research procedures.

This interactive session will enable participants to apply all the information given during the workshop to “Refine” some examples of research techniques. This will be a longer session to allow for a more extensive final Q and A session.

Workshop Registration

Workshop starts 4th October 2021
£ 200
GBP
  • 5-year access to Research Animal Training included
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