Animal Pain (2020)
Graduate School of Science and Technology at Aarhus University
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 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 behavioral 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
Level of course: PhD course but open for others
Time of year: Spring 2020
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: 60/150 hours
Capacity limits: 30 participants
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 classmates.
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.
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, Department of Animal Science, AU-FOULUM, Aarhus University, email: MetteS.Herskin@anis.au.dk
- Björn Forkman, Professor, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen, email: email@example.com
The three invited speakers are:
- Dr Johnny Roughan, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom:
How far are we in the quantification of animal pain?
- Prof. Cassandra B. Tucker, Tucker LAB, UC Davis, USA:
Pain and management procedures in cattle
- Dr Jennifer Mather, University of Lethbridge, Canada:
Evolutionary aspects of pain and suffering
Type of course/teaching methods:
Participants are expected to deliver 150 working hours divided between:
- Course: 60h during 9-13 March 2020, 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 curriculum
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 in January 2020.
Participation in residential course plus evaluation of written answers
Special comments on this course:
Course participants have to pay direct costs for accommodation etc. Participation during the 5-day course costs 1100 EURO incl. food and accommodation. It is possible to participate in single days at a price of 325 EURO (incl. meals, excl. accommodation).
9-13 March 2020
Hotel Frederiksdal, Lyngby, Denmark
Opens 1 October 2019, via email to Tina.Albertsen@anis.au.dk . Closes 1 December 2019.
If you have any questions, please contact Senior scientist Mette S. Herskin, e-mail: MetteS.Herskin@anis.au.dk .
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