Anaesthesia, Analgesia and Euthanasia of Laboratory Animals


Module coordinator:
Ignacio Álvarez Gómez de Segura
Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad Complutense, Madrid.

Teaching staff: 

Paul Flecknell
University of Newcastle,UK.

Ignacio Álvarez Gómez de Segura
Facultad de Veterinaria, Madrid.

Anna Andaluz
Departament de Medicina i Cirurgia Animals, UAB.

Javier Benito
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal, Canada.

Francisco Laredo
Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad de Murcia.

Xavier Moll
Departament de Medicina i Cirurgia Animals, UAB.

Patricia Hedenqvist
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Upsala, Sweden

Susana Canfran
Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Klas Abelson
Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Mario Arenillas
Getafe Hospital, Madrid, Spain

Carlota Largo
Hospital La Paz, Madrid, Spain

Duration of the module: 
6 ECTS (44 attendance hours).

2,350 €

Course dates: 

1 March - 30 April, 2024

Attendance dates: to be determined



This course covers anaesthesia, analgesia and euthanasia in respect of the main species of laboratory animals and their influence on animal welfare and experimental results. The course also focuses on the knowledge required by designated veterinarians and other onsite personnel responsible for the welfare and care of laboratory animals in the conduct of experimental procedures.

The content of this module complies with the training requirements set out in the European Directive EU63/2010 developed by the European Commission in respect of the following modules: 6.1 Humane methods of killing (theory); 6.2 Humane methods of killing (skills); 20 Anaesthesia for minor procedures; 21 Advanced anaesthesia for surgical or prolonged procedures; 24 Designated Veterinarian, (iv) Anaesthesia, analgesia, surgery. For details, see:



Basic principles

Drug and animal data management

Anaesthesia in rodents (Includes wet lab). 

Anaesthesia in rabbits (Includes wet lab). 

Anaesthesia in pigs (Includes wet lab). 

Anaesthesia in ruminants (Includes wet lab). 

Anaesthesia in reptiles and birds. 

Anaesthesia in primates.

Rodent and Advanced monitoring

Advanced techniques: Advanced mechanical ventilation and monitoring. 

Advanced techniques: Local and Regional Anesthesia, including electrical-guided and ultrasound-guided techniques (includes wet lab).

Interference of Anesthesia in research results 


Pain recognition and assessment:

Analgesics and techniques

Case discussion

Analgesia in non-mammal species


Update on euthanasia of laboratory animals

Registration or more information:

Tel:(+34) 935 811 848