Experimental Surgery I – University of Copenhagen

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Experimental surgery I – Basic principles and procedures

22-24 October 2018

Learning objectives

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


  • Understand legal aspects of invasive procedures on laboratory animals
  • Have insight in anaesthetic and analgesic principles in animal experiments; pre-, intra- and postoperatively
  • Describe the most commonly applied experimental surgical techniques in the most common laboratory animals


  • Explain and account for the importance of hygiene in connection to surgical procedures
  • Apply aseptic techniques in connection to surgical procedures
  • Apply basic surgical procedures on rats and mice


  • independently take responsibility to implement and further develop practical skills in the performance of basic experimental surgery


The aim of the course is to give the participants a basic knowledge and training in experimental surgery on small laboratory animals.

Theoretical content: Legal aspects of invasive procedures on laboratory animals; anaesthesia and analgesia of laboratory animals; surgical instruments and techniques; common surgical procedures on laboratory animals; hygiene, asepsis, and post-surgical treatment.

Practical content: Application and monitoring of anaesthesia in rats and mice; practice in basic surgical procedures on rats and mice, hereunder castration, vasectomy and various ectomies; demonstration of anaesthetic procedures and surgery in pigs.


The course is directed to PhD-students, other academics and technical staff, performing animal experimental procedures involving surgical techniques. The participants shall 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).




E-lectures, seminar discussions, practical hands-on exercises and practical demonstrations

Course director

Klas Abelson, Associate Professor, PhD
Department of Experimental Medicine


Klas Abelson, Associate Professor, PhD
Daniel Kylmann Hansen, Animal technician
Other experts in the field

Course secretary

Gitte Kaltoft Nielsen (gitte.nielsen@sund.ku.dk)


22-24 October 2018

Course location

Department of Experimental Medicine, Panum Building


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