Veterinary Bioscience Institute

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The Veterinary Bioscience Institute (VBI) is an approved continuing education provider American Association of Veterinary State Boards. VBI's courses, webinars and workshops also meet the requirements for Continuing Education Units of ASR, CALAS and AALAS. VBI's training also meets the following standards: ISO9000, cGLP, the 2010 Guide and Council of Europe's Directive 86/609 (ETS 123).

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Laboratory Mouse and Rat Anesthesia, Analgesia and Euthanasia



This course is designed for scientists, veterinary technicians, veterinarians and technical support staff who wish to learn the basic principles of mouse and rat anesthesia, analgesia and euthanasia. This course is extensive enough for a novice, but also provides an excellent review for more experienced personnel. Information presented in the course will provide participants with the requisite knowledge required by regulatory agencies and the skills necessary to perform basic mouse and rat anesthesia, analgesia and euthanasia.

Delivery methodologies of anesthetics and analgesic, and behavior associated with pain are represented through high quality images and streaming videos.

This course was developed by Szczepan Baran, VMD, MS in collaboration with Paul Flecknell, MA, VetMB, PhD, DLAS, DECVA, DECLAM, MRCVS, Cynthia Pekow, DVM, MS, DACLAM, Michael Talcott, DVM, DACLAM, F. Claire Henkenson, DVM, MS, DACLAM and Troy M Hallman, VMD, MS, DACLAM.

 This course is being reviewed by the AAVSB RACE program for continuing education credits. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program at should you have any comments / concerns regarding this program's validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

This course also meets

           Academy of Surgical Research (ASR)

           American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)

           Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS)

requirements for Continuing Education Units and provides: 

 6 CE units for personnel certified through ASR

6 CE units for personnel certified through AALAS

6 CE credits for veterinarians and veterinary technicians



Registration is ongoing and the course is available on-demand.



There are a total of 17 quizzes, one quiz after each module.

There is a final exam which participants have to pass (score over 70%) in order to receive continuing educational credit.



Real-time sessions are not available for this course. Participants can interact with the faculty and other participants on the message board and through electronic mail.



Discussions will begin on September 17th, 2009 and continue indefinitely.

Required Textbook: None

Recommended Textbooks: 

           Flecknell P. Laboratory Animal Anaesthesia (2009).

           Fish R, Danneman PJ, Brown M, Karas A.  Anesthesia and Analgesia in Laboratory Animals (2008).


Course Outcomes

           Become familiar with mouse and rat anesthesia, analgesia and euthanasia regulations, guidelines, requirements, and definitions

           Learn physiology of pain and physiological effects of pain

           Learn hot to detect and monitor pain

           Learn various delivery methodologies of anesthetics and analgesics

           Learn basic pharmacology of anesthetics and analgesics

           Learn anesthetic equipment setup

           Learn anesthetic process

           Learn anesthetic protocols for specific conditions

           Learn adult, feti and neonates euthanasia techniques


Course Modules

1.         Overview                                                                                

2.         Physiology of pain                                            

3.         Physiological effects of pain                              

4.         Detection of pain                                             

5.         Provision of anesthesia and analgesia

6.         Provision of analgesia                                       

7.         Provision of anesthesia                                     

8.         Pharmacology of anesthetics and analgesics      

9.         Paralytic agents                                                

10.       Inhalant anesthetics                                          

11.       Delivery routes of anesthesia                            

12.       Anesthetic equipment                                       

13.       Anesthetic process                                                       

14.       Anesthesia for specific conditions                                 

15.       Anesthesia monitoring                                      

16.       Euthanasia – adults                                                      

17.       Euthanasia – feti and neonates

18.       Final exam


Cost: $400
Non-profit Organization Cost: $350
Institutional Cost: $400
Non-profit Institutional Cost: $350

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The Veterinary Bioscience Institute (VBI)  is an approved continuing education provider by


continuing education provider   continuing education provider
VBI’s training meets the following standards:



VBI’s courses and workshops also meet the requirements for
Continuing Education Units of 

CE     CE