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Workshop: Physical well-being when working at an animal facility

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Date and time

Monday 2 September 2024 at 09:00 to 14:00

Registration Deadline

Friday 16 August 2024 at 23:55


Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs A/S, Soroe Landevej 302, 4261 Dalmose Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs A/S
Soroe Landevej 302
4261 Dalmose

Workshop: Physical well-being when working at an animal facility

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Workshop: Physical well-being when working at an animal facility

Working in animal facilities, including the care of large laboratory animals such as minipigs and dogs, and caged animals like rats or rabbits, subjects caretakers and technicians to a physically demanding work environment. The tasks involved in handling these live animals often require repetitive movements, heavy lifting, and maintaining awkward positions, which can lead to pain and work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

However, this course is specifically designed to address these challenges and teach you how to perform your work while prioritizing your physical well-being. 

In the world of ergonomics, many things have come to light over the last 10 years. For example, we now know, after extensive research in the field of ergonomics, that the most important thing is that you experience your daily work as overall comfortable regardless of the ergonomics. Also, as little as two minutes of daily exercise with an exercise band keeps your body in good shape for work.  

Led by our experienced educator, this course will highlight the importance of overall physical well-being in the context of working with animals. Throughout the course, you will receive practical tips and tricks on how to practice healthier work positions specifically tailored to the unique demands of working with animals. You will learn proper body mechanics, lifting techniques, and ergonomic strategies to reduce the risk of injuries and discomfort. In order to provide a hands-on learning experience, this course also incorporates interactive lectures and practical exercises. Every participant will also be given an exercise band and learn specific exercises which you can revisit on video after the course. 

Whether you are involved in the care of large or small laboratory animals, this course is tailored to address the specific challenges you may encounter in your daily work. By the end of the course, you will possess a comprehensive toolkit of knowledge and skills to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders and enhance your overall work experience while caring for animals. 

Lecturer: Søren Hald | Physiotherapist and partner at REDMINKROP (“SAVEMYBODY”)

About the lecturer: For more than 10 years, Søren has worked to help people obtain a better physical work environment and thus better well-being. Søren is an experienced consultant on ergonomics in laboratories and has worked with several Danish animal facilities to improve their physical work environment. 

Participants: Veterinarians, Animal Caretakers, Laboratory Technicians

Course conducted in English or Danish.


Practical information

Accommodation and transport are not included. If you wish to book a hotel room, we will be pleased to recommend a nearby hotel - contact us at

How to get to Dalmose: Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs is located in the beautiful countryside, near Slagelse city with excellent international train connections. You can also fly to Copenhagen Airport and continue by train to Slagelse. From Slagelse city, it is only a 15-20 minute ride in a taxi to arrive at our facility (estimated taxi costs: DKK 300 / € 40)

NOTE: Admission to administrative buildings and/or viewing lofts above barriers
Please note, that visitors are only allowed to enter the administration buildings and/or the viewing lofts above the barriers 48 hours, at the earliest, after contact with pigs including contact with their feces or urine. Furthermore, admission is only allowed if the visitor after the contact has showered and changed clothes and shoes before entering the premises of Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs.
Disclaimer: Depending on the actual course content, participation in Göttingen Minipigs Academy courses can involve working with live animals, sharp objects, and/or physical challenges; which potentially might result in personal injuries. Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs does not provide insurance coverage for course participants, and accordingly, it is the responsibility of each individual participant to ensure adequate insurance. Please consult with your employer and/or insurance provider to confirm your coverage before enrolling in our courses.
Please note that fewer than 5 participants may lead to cancellation of the event. Also, if the participants cancel their enrolment less than 15 calendar days prior to the course date, the registration fee is non-refundable.

Organizer Contact Information

Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs A/S
Phone: +45 58185818

Organizer Contact Information

Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs A/S
Phone: +45 58185818