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Handling and experimenting on laboratory pigs
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3174-24-00-01There are 9 available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 15/09/2024
Date and time03.10.2024, at: 08:30 - 02.12.2024, at: 15:00
Regular seats12
Course fee12,120.00 kr.
LecturersAxel Kornerup Hansen
ECTS credits3.60
Contact personAxel Kornerup Hansen    E-mail address: akh@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content

This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD Students from NorDoc member faculties. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from NorDoc member faculties. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.

Learning objectives

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. In combination with an EU Function ABD laboratory animal science course be eligible to achieve a license for experiments on pigs in accordance with the EU Directive 2010/63/EU.

2. Fufill the pig specific learning outcomes of the EU Guidance paper 'A working document on the development of a common education and training framework to fulfil the requirements under the Directive'

3. Have a basic understanding of comparative and basic biology, breeding, health as well as anesthesia, surgery, euthanasia and pain sensitivity of pigs

4. Do further self-training on experimental procedures in pigs as introduced on the course

5. Understand that experimentation on pigs is difficult and requires current training and education


1. Online modules with videos, text materials and quizzes
a. Comparative and Basic Biology of Pigs (EU modules 3.1., 4, 7)
b. Breeding and Genetics of Pigs (EU modules 3.1)
c. Health Issues of Pigs (EU module 4)
d. Pain, Anesthesia, Surgery, and Euthanasia in Pigs (EU modules 5, 6.1, 20, 22)
2. Online realtime introduction and question plenum sessions with a teacher
3. Practical exercise with handling, minor procedures, anesthesia and euthanasia of a pig (EU module 7)
4. 1 hour written exam with all helping tools allowed


PhD students within veterinary, medical, odontological, biomedical, biotechnological, and biological science who has passed an EU Function ABD laboratory animal science course.

Relevance to graduate programmes

The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

All graduate programmes

In Vivo Pharmacology and Experimental Animals

Veterinary Clinical Sciences




The online modules will be available on our Absalon teaching platform. The students can follow these on any time according to their own schedule. In the beginning of every of two quarters, in which the course is offered, there will be an introduction in real-time, which will be given online. At the end of each quarter there will be a similar question session online in real-time. In ach of these two quarters there will be an option for signing in for a practical exercise with a live pig, which will be handled, anesthetized, subjected to minor procedures and euthanized. Twice per year there will be an online written exam.

Course director

Axel Kornerup Hansen, professor, IVH/KU-SUND, akh@sund.ku.dk


Axel Kornerup Hansen, professor, IVH/KU-SUND
Klas Abelson, associate professor, AEM/KU-SUND
Dorte Bratbo Sørensen, associate professor, IVH/KU-SUND
Camilla Sichlau Bruun, associate professor, IVH/KU-SUND
Claus Bøttcher Jørgensen, associate professor, IVH/KU-SUND
Inge Larsen, assistant professor, IVH/KU-SUND
Amanda Brinch Kruse, assistant professor, IVH/KU-SUND
Karsten Hammelev, laboratory animal veterinarian, AEM/KU-SUND
Heidi Stjerne Tingleff, laboratory animal veterinarian, AEM/KU-SUND


Autumn course
3 October 2024 to 2 December 2024
Online plenum sessions 3 October 11:00 - 12:00 and 28 November 2024 11:00 - 12:00
Practical exercises 29 November 8:30 - 15:00
Exam 2 December 2024 11:00 - 11:45

Course location

Theory: Online
Practicals: AEM pig facilities Frederiksberg Campus


Please register before 15 September 2024

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules. Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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