In the European directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (2010/63/EU) the 3R concept is central as is the demand for education, down to procedure level, of individuals involved in the laboratory animal research.

The proficiency in experimental surgery including microsurgery is essential and affects both the animals and the research results. Two of the three 3R´s (refinement and reduction) might be reached, with adequate training Refinement of animal´s welfare also positively affects research, a clear win-win situation.

Since 2013 the faculty of Natural Sciences and Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in collaboration with Sahlgrenska University hospital offers courses in microsurgery for bio-medical staff and clinically active surgeons ( The training lab in Gothenburg is a member of the International Society for Experimental Microsurgery (ISEM). 

Gothenburg is hosting the 2017 SEB Annual Meeting and we are planning to hold an Experimental microsurgery course for PhD students attending the SEB meeting after the main meeting. This will help cutting down on the time and cost for international students interested in attending the course.

The course, Experimental microsurgery, is a basic introductory course for research staff with limited or no previous experience in surgery and microsurgery. The course will span over 4 days. The course starts with 2 days of macro- and microsurgical exercises in inanimate models (gauze, latex membrane, chicken thigh) and then continues with two days on tissue- and vessel microdissection on anaesthetized rats. The exercises include cannulation of various vessels and basic microvascular surgery using the groin and neck vessels. The focus is in the practical part with around 75% of practical training and 25% of theory. 

Nine seats are available. Please send the application to and include a short (max 1 page) motivation that might be used for selecting participants.