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Individually ventilated cages and rodent welfare: report of the 2002 RSPCA/UFAW rodent welfare group meeting

By P. Hawkins, D. Anderson, K. Applebee, D. Key, J. Wallace, G. Milite, J. M. Clark, R. Hubrecht, M. Jennings

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Abstract

The RSPCA/UFAW Rodent Welfare Group holds a one-day meeting every autumn so that its members can discuss current welfare research and exchange views on rodent welfare issues. The 2002 meeting focused on welfare issues associated with housing rodents in individually ventilated cages (IVCs). Speakers provided an overview of the key welfare concerns relating to IVCs and covered a range of other issues including: the impact of IVCs on the human/animal bond; practical enrichment for IVCs; potential health and welfare indicators for mice; microbiological load in cage substrate at different intervals after cage change; and the pros and cons of sealed and non-sealed systems. A survey was also conducted to evaluate the types of systems that Group members were using and how they were managing them with respect to maintenance and animal husbandry. The report also includes conclusions and recommendations from the day's meeting.

Date 2003
Publication Title Animal Technology and Welfare
Volume 2
Issue 1
Pages 23-34
ISBN/ISSN 0264-4754
Language English
Author Address Research Animals Department, RSPCA, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, West Sussex RH13 9RS, UK.
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  1. Animal housing
  2. Animal rights
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Cages
  5. Laboratory and experimental animals
  6. Laboratory animal science
  7. Mammals
  8. Mice
  9. Rodents
  10. ventilation