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Workshop – September 2020

Please note this workshop has sold out for September 2020.

September 2020 Online Workshop - Recognition, prevention and alleviation of pain and distress in laboratory animals

Introduction

This workshop will be held over a 2 week period (from 2nd – 15th September 2020) 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 to 24, so that the interactive sessions remain manageable.
 
The workshop is based on the “live” workshops held previously in Newcastle, and is aimed at animal technicians, veterinarians, research workers and others who want to improve their understanding of this topic. Our aim is to make the material accessible to colleagues with a range of different backgrounds, and supplemental reading materials will also be provided. This workshop will include a series of three e-learning modules introducing the topic of severity assessment, structured to meet the learning outcomes of the new EC module on Severity Assessment. 
 

Scheduling

Participants will be required to complete 3-5 webinars 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 will present each of these as a series of 3-4 short (10-15 minute) video sequences which can be viewed independently. The 4 e-learning modules are each 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 BST (UK) time.

Content

  • Pre-recorded webinars will be 45 – 80 minutes in total, each comprising 3-4 shorter sections
  • Live webinars will last 45 – 60 minutes of teaching followed by a 15 minute Q and A. Tutors PAF (Paul Flecknell), ML (Matt Leach).
  • Additional reading and reference material will also be provided.

Following feedback from attendees of the first workshop, all of the pre-recorded content will be available immediately, 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. All “live” sessions will be recorded, although viewing the recordings will not enable full appreciation of the content of the webinar, as we will be using additional interactive tools during the webinar.

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.

Block 1 (2nd – 8th September)

Course datesContent Date for completion
All pre-recorded content available from 1st September
2nd – 8th SeptemberPre-recorded webinar - What is pain and distress (ML)4th September
Pre-recorded webinar - Why we need to assess pain and distress, and how to do it (ML)
4th Sept. 15.00h-16.00hCage-side methods of pain assessment (part 1) (“live”, ML)Live webinar
7th Sept. 15.00h-16.00hCage-side methods of pain assessment (part 1) (“live”, ML)Live webinar
8th Sept. 15.00h-16.00hCage-side methods of pain assessment (part 3) (“live” ML)Live webinar
Additional written material to download (including pdfs of pre-recorded webinars)

Block 2 (9th – 10th September)

Course datesContent Date for completion
All pre-recorded content available from 1st September
9th – 10th SeptemberE-learning module - How the severity of procedures is classified. 10th September
E-learning module - The nature and value of the severity assessment framework.
E-learning module - Applying the severity assessment framework.
10th September 15.00h-16.15hSeverity assessment, using scoresheets and refining procedures (“live”, problem-solving webinar, PAF)Live webinar
Additional written material to download (including pdfs of pre-recorded webinars)

Block 3 (11th September– 15th September)

Course datesContent Date for completion
All pre-recorded content available from 1st September
11th September– 15th SeptemberPre-recorded webinar - Pain, nociception and how analgesics work (PAF)15th September
Pre-recorded webinar - Analgesics - what to give, when and how (PAF)
Pre-recorded webinar - Analgesics - what to give, when and how – larger mammals and nonmammalian species (PAF)
Pre-recorded webinar - Using analgesics in a research environment - problems and pitfalls (PAF)
E-learning module - Post-operative care – minimising pain and distress
15th September 15.00h-16.30hPractical exercises in avoiding and minimising pain and distress (“live” PAF)Live webinar
Additional written material to download (including pdfs of pre-recorded webinars)

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 2nd September 2020
£ 200
GBP
  • 5-year access to Research Animal Training included
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