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Pain Management for Animals Used in Science: Views of Scientists and Veterinarians in Canada

By Nicole Fenwick, Shannon E.g. Duffus, Gilly Griffin

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

To explore the challenges and opportunities for pain management for animals used in research an interview study with 9 veterinarians, 3 veterinarian-scientists and 9 scientists, all engaged in animal-based studies in Canada, was carried out. Our broader aim was to contribute to further discussion of how pain can be minimized for animals used in science. Diverse views were identified regarding the ease of recognizing when animals are in pain and whether animals hide pain. Evidence of inconsistencies in pain management across laboratories, institutions and species were also identified. Clarification of the interactions between scientific objectives and pain management are needed, as well as a stronger evidence base for pain management approaches. Detailed examination of pain management for individual invasive animal models may be useful, and may support the development of model-specific pain management protocols.

Submitter

Katie Carroll

Date 2014
Publication Title Animals
Volume 4
Issue 3
Pages 494-514
DOI 10.3390/ani4030494
URL http://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/4/3/494
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Laboratories
  4. Laboratory and experimental animals
  5. Pain management
  6. Research
  7. Veterinarians
  8. Veterinary medicine