Tail or Tunnel: Handling Methods Influence Mouse Behavior in Cognitive Tasks

A study funded by the NC3Rs explored how handling methods influenced mice’s behavior during cognitive tasks Mice were either picked up by the tail or guided into a tunnel, then transferred to the testing arena Mice that were transferred in the tunnel were far more exploratory during the cognitive task Acclimation to handling procedures is … Continue reading Tail or Tunnel: Handling Methods Influence Mouse Behavior in Cognitive Tasks

University of Stirling improving animal welfare for dogs

A study, conducted by the University of Stirling, in collaboration with AstraZeneca and Charles River Laboratories, aimed to look at the impact of modern, purpose-built dog facilities, on the animals’ welfare. Dr Laura Scullion Hall and Professor Hannah Buchanan-Smith, from the Behaviour and Evolution Group (BERG) at the University of Stirling, published a paper (1) … Continue reading University of Stirling improving animal welfare for dogs

NC3Rs announce international 3Rs prizewinners

The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is a primarily UK Government-funded organisation which works in collaboration with scientists and research institutions “driving and funding innovation and technological developments that minimise the need for animals in research and testing, and lead to improvements in welfare where animals continue … Continue reading NC3Rs announce international 3Rs prizewinners

5 Minutes with an Animal Care Facility Coordinator

Richard Marble, an Animal Care Facility Coordinator at Ferris State University, is a dedicated and experienced Animal Technologist who takes his responsibility of caring for the animals in his care seriously.  Following a guest post (It’s All About the Animals) in which Richard wrote giving insight into what is it like being an animal facility … Continue reading 5 Minutes with an Animal Care Facility Coordinator

Implementing the 3Rs at the University of Oxford

This Guest Post is by Stuart Peirson, Associate Professor in the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and chair of the 3Rs sub-committee at The University of Oxford. This article was originally posted on the website of the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) and is reprinted with full permission. … Continue reading Implementing the 3Rs at the University of Oxford

Beagle Freedom Project Uses Former Research Dogs to Spotlight its Anti-Research Campaign

Today’s guest post  is by Dr. Cindy Buckmaster, chair of Americans for Medical Progress. Activists at the Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) continue to gather support for their agenda to end animal-based research - and some in the research community are unknowingly helping them. Many of you have seen recent TV news items or read news … Continue reading Beagle Freedom Project Uses Former Research Dogs to Spotlight its Anti-Research Campaign

Why animal research is done humanely — Reason 1: Stressed Animals Yield Poor Data

When we are run down or stressed we often find ourselves more prone to getting coughs and colds. Stress changes us physiologically; it puts pressure on our autonomic nervous system, changing how drugs react inside of us. The same is true of animals. Writing in the Huffington Post, Aysha Akhtar notes that when you catch … Continue reading Why animal research is done humanely — Reason 1: Stressed Animals Yield Poor Data