Understanding Animal Pain
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06 November 2018
|The course is organized by the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki and is aimed at doctoral students from veterinary and other animal-related fields, from CVM and other doctoral programmes. The main aim of the course is to increase the understanding of pain perception in different animal species, and that of how pain can be assessed. In addition, we will facilitate discussion on the attitudes towards pain, and towards painful procedures and conditions in different animal species and animal groups. In addition to the on-site lectures, student discussions and activities, the participants will be given pre-reading material, and a post-course assignment. The three-day course starts on Tuesday the 6th of November. However, during the evening on the day before (Monday the 5th of November), a public lecture is held by one of the course teachers, Dr Lynne Sneddon. The course participants are warmly welcomed to that as well, but it is not a requirement for course credits. The course venue will be within the central campus of the University of Helsinki (in the city Centre of Helsinki).
The participants should have a basic knowledge of animal managament and welfare. Students can be from any discipline (veterinary, animal science, biology, social science), as long as they are working with, or have a strong interest in animal welfare, health or pain.
In case the course fills up, doctoral students from CVM are prioritized, and are accepted in order of registration. All other applicants are asked to shortly describe their motivation; background info, current affiliation and expected benefit of the course for their work.
University (Doctoral education)
Carrying out procedures on animals, Taking care of animals
Full coverage (a dedicated course)
Other Fish (other Pisces), Other species
|Course level on animal species:
|Details on the topic or technology covered:
Public talk: (Mon 5.11): The evidence for pain in fish/ Lynne Sneddon
Day 1 (Tue 6.11): Defining and assessing pain:
Do fish experience pain? / Lynne Sneddon
Day 2 (Wed 7.11): Identifying and measuring pain:
Assessing pain in non-human animals using facial expressions and behaviour/ Matt Leach
Measuring pain in different species: pain scoring tools for companion animals, analgesiometry, and behavioural methods to assess pain in farm animals and horses / Jo Murrell
Day 3: (Thurs 8.11) Current pain issues in domestic animals:
Companion animals: Anna Hielm-Björkman
Farm animals: Mette Herskin
to understand how subjective pain experience in different species can be studied
to be able to critically evaluate the conceptual background of different animal pain assessment systems and their outcome
to understand the principles and challenges of different animal pain assessment systems
to understand attitudes towards different species and their pain assessment
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