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


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

D M Broom
Veterinary College, Cambridge, UK

Anne-Dominique Degryse
ECLAM, France

Emma Fàbrega

IRTA, Spain

Marina Ferrer

Reasearch Institute Vall d'Hebron (VHIR), Barcelona ,Spain

Javier Guillen

AAALAC International Europe

Ricard March

Hipra Laboratories, Amer, Spain

David Morton

Birmingham University, UK

Juan Ramos
Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), Spain

Peter Sandoe

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

David Solanes

CReSA, IRTA, Barcelona, Spain

Patri Vergara

Veterinary School of Barcelona, Spain

Anna Vilà

Envigo CRS, Spain

Hanno Würbel

University of Bern, Switzerland


9 ECTS (44 attendance hours)



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.

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

Assessment of protocols – general principles

  • Ethical committees
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • NT reports

 Assessment of procedures – case studies

  • Rodents and rabbits
  • Dogs, cats and ferrets
  • Pigs and ruminants
  • Fish

Registration or more information:

Tel:(+34) 935 811 848