Module coordinator
Xavier Manteca Vilanova
Departamento de Ciencia Animal y de los Alimentos. Facultad de Veterinaria (UAB, Barcelona)

Teaching staff: 

David Anderson
Home Office, UK/ European Comission

Ignacio Álvarez Gómez de Segura
Veterinary School, University Complutense, Madrid, Spain

Marta Amat

Veterinary School of Barcelona, Spain

Aurora Bronstad
University of Bergen, Norway

Ana Criado 
Uptuit, Verona Italy, 

Anne-Dominique Degryse
ECLAM, France

Kate Garrod


Jan Langermans 

Biomedical Primate Research Center (BPRC), The Netherlands

Xavier Manteca

Veterinary School of Barcelona, Spain

Juan Ramos

Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona, Spain

Peter Sandoe

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Hugh Simmons

Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), UK

Oriol Tallo Parra

Veterinary School of Barcelona, Spain

Patri Vergara

Veterinary School of Barcelona, Spain

Hanno Würbel

University of Bern, Switzerland


Duration of the module: 
9 ECTS (44 attendance hours)


Course dates: 

15 February - 30 April, 2022
Attendance dates: March 14 to 18, 2022


The course focuses on the topics of Welfare, Ethical Committees and Legislation in respect of laboratory animals.

This module provides the knowledge and skills required by designated veterinarians and other onsite personnel responsible for the welfare and care of animals to perform the functions of project evaluation.

The content of this module also complies with the training requirements set out in European Directive EU63/2010, developed by the Expert Working Group, supported by European Commission, in respect of the following modules: 1) National Legislation; 2) Ethics, welfare and the 3Rs (level 1); 5) Recognition of pain, suffering and distress; 9) Ethics, welfare and the 3Rs (level 2); 11) Design of procedures and projects (level 2), (i) Legal issues; 24) Designated Veterinarian, (i) Legislation, (ii) Ethics, welfare and the 3Rs, (v) The principles of veterinary communications; (25) Project evaluator and (50) Local environment as well as inspector module.

For details, see:


Introduction to LAS: Associations/organizations, professional networks

Legislation, including responsibilities of the LA veterinarian


  • Society perception of animal experimentation
  • Introduction to bioethics
  • Ethical frameworks
  • Bioethics applied to lab animals, including the 3 Rs

Concepts in laboratory animal welfare:

  • Welfare and stress
    • Concept of animal welfare
    • How can animal welfare be studied?
    • Overview of main welfare problems in lab animals
    • Physiology of stress
    • Main stressors in lab animals, including stress caused by transport
    • Positive re-enforcement, habituation/conditioning, preference tests and socialization of animals
  • Assessment of severity and humane end points

  • Pain and analgesia

  • Environmental enrichment and behavioural indicators of welfare
  • Re-use and the legal, practical and ethical issues on re-homing after use of animals in research
  • Retrospective evaluation

Assessment of protocols – general principles

  • Ethical committees
  • Cost-benefit analysis

 Assessment of procedures – case studies

  • Rodents and rabbits
  • Carnivore
  • Pigs, ruminants and birds
  • Fish
  • NHP
  • Wild Animals 


Registration or more information:

Tel:(+34) 935 811 848