FEB 05, 2014 02:00 PM PST

Guidelines for Inanimate Surgical Training and Competency Assessment; Improvement of Animal Welfare and Decreasing Confounding Factors

  • Global Head, Animal Welfare and Compliance Training, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
      Dr. Szczepan Baran is the Global Head, Animal Welfare and Compliance Training at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research.

      Dr. Baran received a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Medicine from the University of Delaware, a Veterinary Medical Doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and a Master of Science in Comparative Medicine from the University Of Washington School Of Medicine.

      In 2005, he joined Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center where he was a member of the team that discovered the first canine embryonic stem cells. Then in 2007 Dr. Baran founded and became COO of the Veterinary Bioscience Institute before his current employment at Novartis.

      Dr. Baran founded the LinkedIn group "Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine," the largest group in this field. He also served as, Graduate Course Director, Drexel University College of Medicine, Assistant Professor at Delaware Valley, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Wake Forest School of Medicine and most notably as Director at Large for the Academy of Surgical Research as well as a Board Member of Americans for Medical Progress.

      His research interests include use of microfluidics in safety pharmacology and toxicology, the development and validation of online surgical training programs, and the development and validation of rodent endoscopic procedures. Dr. Baran's hobbies include boxing, micro-facial expressions and psychology of adolescent communication.


    With the growth and expansion of mouse and rat transgenic models in recent years, the demand for surgically altered models mimicking human diseases is growing at an amazing rate. Surgical procedures are performed under anesthesia, and this has a profound effect on physiological systems and makes many protective mechanisms ineffective. Therefore it is critical to manage anesthetic depth so as to minimize adverse effects such as depression of respiration, and disruption of the cardiovascular system and thermoregulation. Physiological monitoring is an integral part of overall peri-operative care to ensure animal safety, and allow for control of physiological functions through the use of drugs, instrumentation, and the anesthetist's own senses. Additionally, the 8th Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals incorporated a new subsection on intraoperative monitoring, which underlines the importance of physiological monitoring and stresses its importance during anesthesia. During this session, veterinary technicians, veterinarians, scientists, trainers and IACUC personnel will learn about the hazards of not performing physiological monitoring, understand how anesthesia can be refined with the use of physiological monitoring. Attendees will also be able to select appropriate, adequate and reliable equipment for physiological monitoring of rodents and learn how it can significantly increase the efficiency of anesthesia and prevent the over-anesthetizing of rodents.

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