Animal Biology and Behaviour – University of Copenhagen

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Animal Biology and Behaviour

May 2020

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:


  • describe and understand the genetics and biology responsible related to animal behavior
  • describe, understand, analyze and conclude on the study and interpretation on animal behavior and animal training


  • plan and apply measurements of animal behavior in practice

The aim of the course is to give the participants knowledge and experience in the study and interpretation of animal behaviour. The course offers a broad spectrum of topics such as evolution; basic genetics; reproductive fitness; social strategies; sensation and perception; captive animal behaviour; methodology of measuring behaviour; consequences for housing, husbandry and care; the effect of environment on captive animal behaviour; habituation and acclimatisation; training and conditioning; behavioural assays; psychopharmacology; animal models of human behaviour.

PhD-students and other scientists as well as technicians who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in the use of studies on animal behaviour Participants should have passed a course in laboratory animal science for at least functions A and D according to Directive 2010/63/EU, Article 23.2 (formerly FELASA C or B courses)


The course consists of lectures (50%), practical exercises, field trips and study visits.

Course director
Klas Abelson, PhD, Associate Professor
Department of Experimental Medicine

Steven Schapiro, Adjunct Professor, PhD
Department of Experimental Medicine, KU-SUND and MD Anderson Cancer Research Center, University of Texas 

Klas Abelson, Associate Professor, PhD
Department of Experimental Medicine, KU-SUND

Dorte Bratbo Sørensen, Associate Professor, DVM, PhD
Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, KU-SUND

Course secretary
Gitte Kaltoft Nielsen (

May 2020

Course location
Department of Experimental Medicine, Panum Building, Blegdamsvej 3B, 2200 Copenhagen N

Registration opens in autumn 2019.

Admission to PhD students from Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the rules in force.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrollment.