Animal pain (2016)

Name of course:

Animal pain



ECTS credits:

5



Course parameters:

Language: English

Level of course: PhD course

Time of year: 7-11 March 2016

No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: 60/150

Capacity limits: 30



Objectives of the course:

The aim is to give PhD students an overview of the concept of animal pain from a biological perspective



Learning outcomes and competences:

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Be updated within state-of-the-art of central parts of animal pain biology
  • Have theoretical knowledge about the evolution of animal pain, and be able to use this as basis of their own research
  • Be able to recognize behavioural and other responses to different types of animal pain (temporally as well as anatomically separated)
  • Be educated within the establishment of experimental protocols for the evaluation of pain in animals


Compulsory programme:

Active participation in residential course Monday to Friday incl. presentation of own project. The final part of the course constitutes written answers to questions from class-mates.


Course contents:

The course is based on presentations and lectures by internationally recognized pain researchers and practitioners combined with participants presenting relevant parts of their PhD-projects. Furthermore, the course involves a combination of group work (discussions of classic aspects of pain biology and its interpretation) and plenary discussions.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Pain definition and terminology
  • Introduction to pain physiology
  • Behavioural pain assessment
  • Consequences of pain in terms of animal welfare
  • Neurobiological basis of pain and nociception
  • Comparative aspects of pain
  • Introduction to pain relief
  • Pain psychology

Prerequisites:

This course targets PhD students and researchers within science, veterinary, agricultural and health sciences working with animals, including animal model studies, experimentation, in zoo and animal parks, and with scientific questions related to pain biology.



Name of lecturers:

The course organizers are:

  • Mette S. Herskin, Senior scientist, PhD, Dept Anim Sci, AU-FOULUM, Aarhus University, email: MetteS.Herskin@anis.au.dk
  • Björn Forkman, Professor, Dept Large Anim Sci, University of Copenhagen, email: bjf@sund.ku.dk

The three invited speakers are:



Type of course/teaching methods:

Participants are expected to deliver 150 working hours divided between:

  • Course: 60h during 7-11 March 2016, including lectures, participant presentations and group work. At least one excursion will be included.
  • Written answers to questions from class-mates to be handed in upon finalization of the course and assessed
  • Read the cirriculum


Literature:

Original literature in the form of reviews and papers from international journals, and textbooks on animal pain responses. A list of relevant material will be provided before 1 December 2015.



Course homepage:

http:/projects.au.dk/animal-pain/



Course assessment:

Participation in residential course plus evaluation of written answers



Provider:

The course is provided by the Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University and Department of Large Animal Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.



Special comments on this course:

Course participants have to pay direct costs for accommodation etc. Participation during the 5day course costs 850 EURO incl food and accommodation. It it possible to participate in single days at a price of 200 EURO (incl. meals, excl accommodation).



Time:

7-11 March 2016



Place:

First Hotel Marina, Vedbæk, Denmark



Registration:

Opens 1 October 2015, via email to Tina.Albertsen@anis.au.dk.

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Revised 16.05.2017