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Housing and care

Reports and resources

Guidance on the housing and care of zebrafish (2011) (PDF 1.28MB)
A resource from the research animals department on how housing and care can be refined to reduce suffering and improve welfare of zebrafish.

Refining rabbit care (2008) (PDF 1749KB)
A report providing practical guidance on refining laboratory rabbit husbandry for animal technologists, facility managers, veterinarians and scientists, produced by the UFAW/RSPCA Rabbit Behaviour and Welfare Group. It sets out the welfare needs of the rabbit, based on the laboratory animal science and welfare literature, and explains how these needs can be fulfilled.

Guidance on the housing and care of the African clawed frog - Xenopus laevis (2005) (PDF 564KB)
A report from the research animals department on how husbandry and procedures can be refined to reduce suffering and improve welfare of Xenopus laevis frogs.

Refining dog husbandry and care (2004) (PDF 3118KB) - a JWGR report
The natural history and behaviour of the dog is used to set the context for good practice in housing and husbandry, feeding, environmental enrichment, breeding, handling and transporting the laboratory dog. Sections of the report address routine procedures and long term use, with emphasis on socialising and habituating dogs and on staff training.

Laboratory birds - refinement in husbandry and procedures (2001) (PDF 3765KB) - a JWGR report
General information on bird cognition and senses, obtaining eggs and birds, transport, breeding, diets, handling, housing, routine scientific procedures, rehoming and euthanasia. Species-specific sections follow with good practice for housing seabirds, ducks and geese, birds of prey, domestic fowl, turkeys, quail, pigeons, psittacines, tits and chickadees, corvids, starlings and finches used in research and testing.

Refining rodent husbandry - the mouse (1998) (PDF 265KB) - a JWGR report
Good practice for mouse housing and husbandry, taking the natural history and behaviour of mice into account. This also includes handling, transport, identification and containment systems, with a section on wild mice.

Good practice guidelines for laboratory animal housing and care.
Short guidance notes are available on the right, that set out good practice in laboratory animal housing and care for commonly used species. These are based on scientific studies and current good practice. They are primarily intended for members of ethical review committees, though should also be useful for animal technologists, scientists and laboratory animal veterinarians.


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