December 2024



Physiology of pain and distress in laboratory animals

This unit aims to provide candidates with an understanding of the physiological processes relevant to pain and distress in laboratory animals. It will include the physiology of nociception, autonomic nervous system responses to stress and distress, including an overview of the physiology and pharmacology of analgesics and other methods used to alleviate pain and distress. The module is of relevance to technical staff who are required to monitor animals during procedures, and particularly to those acting as NACWOs or participating in the ethical review process in their institution.

Online only – 4th & 5th December, material will release two weeks in advance.

You will cover

  • Nervous system
  • Endocrine system
  • Responses to pain or stress
  • Control of pain

Key Skills you will develop

  • A basic understanding of the physiological basis of nociception, pain, stress and distress
  • An awareness of pharmacological methods used to control pain perception and support tissue recovery
  • Ability to describe the effect of pain on animal welfare and scientific results
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Course Details

  • Course Length: 200 hours
  • Credits: 20
  • Unit Number: U4.11
  • Teacher: Paul flecknell / Matt Leach



Course Sponsor

Funding for the development of this course is provided by:

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