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An explorative study on the effect of provision of preferred and non-preferred enrichment on behavioural and physiological parameters in laboratory ferrets (Mustela putorius furo)

By Marsinah L. Reijgwart, Claudia M. Vinke, Coenraad F. M. Hendriksen, Kim M. den Hoed, Manon I. van der Meer, Miriam van der Meer, Nico J. Schoemaker, Yvonne R. A. van Zeeland

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Environmental enrichment is often advocated to refine animal studies. Despite the increasing use of ferrets as an animal model in biomedical research, the knowledge on effects of the provision of enrichment on these animals is limited. Additionally, it is unknown whether varying types of...

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  1. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  2. Enrichment
  3. Ferrets
  4. physiology
  5. refinement
  6. welfare