Evaluation of a novel rodenticide: welfare assessment of fatal methaemoglobinaemia in adult rats ( Rattus norvegicus)
Contributor(s):: Gibson, T. J., Quy, R. J., Eason, C. T., Gregory, N. G.
This study assessed the welfare of rats ( Rattus norvegicus) poisoned with a lethal dose of the methaemoglobin (MetHb) inducing compound para-aminovalerophenone (PAVP). Twenty rats were orally gavaged with either PAVP (treated) or the vehicle only (control). Spontaneous and evoked behaviours were...
Stereotypic mice are aggressed by their cage-mates, and tend to be poor demonstrators in social learning tasks
Contributor(s):: Harper, L., Choleris, E., Ervin, K., Fureix, C., Reynolds, K., Walker, M., Mason, G.
Stereotypic behaviours (SBs) are linked with behavioural inflexibility and resemble symptoms of autism, suggesting that stereotypic animals could have autistic-like social impairments. SBs are also common in caged mice. We therefore hypothesised relationships between stereotypic and social...
c 22 Animals for Research Act
The Psychological Effects of Medical Research on Animal Subjects and the Ramifications for the Applicability of the Research Results
Contributor(s):: Morgan A. Damm
Historically, animals have been used in medical research to bring about many of the medical breakthroughs and advances seen today. The successful studies are accompanied by numerous, often concealed, failed studies that are inapplicable to human medicine due to stress and distress changing the...
Antimony: The Use, Rights, and Regulation of Laboratory Animals
Contributor(s):: Brenda L. Thomas
'In recent years, the problem, plight, and philosophy behind the use of animals in laboratories, schools, and industries has caused many to formulate an opinion on animal experimentation. It is simple to postulate a Monday morning quarterback philosophy - merely weigh the...
Laboratory Animal Act: A Legislative Proposal
Contributor(s):: David Favre
In one recent experiment, mongrel dogs were anesthetized after which thirty-five percent of their body was burned to the third degree by the application of a two hundred degree centigrade hot plate to their skin.' In 1983, researchers at the New Jersey Medical School...
"Nobody Wants to Eat Them Alive:" Ethical Dilemmas and Dual Media Narratives on Domestic Rabbits as Pets and Commodity
Contributor(s):: Gayane F. Torosyan, Brian Lowe
Using semiotic analysis, this study explores changes occurring in the societal perception of rabbits as farm animals as juxtaposed to their increasing popularity as domestic companions. This study is based on a preliminary hypothesis that rabbits are increasingly perceived and portrayed in media...
Reinforcement for Operational Mine Detection Rats
Contributor(s):: Amanda Mahoney, Christophe Cox, Bart Weetjens, Tess Tewelde, Tekimiti Gilbert, Amy Durgin, Alan Poling
When using animals for the detection of landmines, handlers face challenges of when to reinforce indication responses, as the actual location of landmines in the field is unknown. Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling(Anti-Personnel Landmine Detection Product Development or APOPO)...
Research in Colombia on Explosives Detection by Rats
Contributor(s):: Luisa Fernando Mendez Pardo, Andres M. Perez-Acosta
The interdisciplinary research group INVESTUD is investigating the effectiveness of mine-detecting lab rats. In Africa, the APOPO program is well-known for using African giant pouched rats for mine detection, but INVESTUD hopes to build on and even surpass APOPO’s progress to advance...
Two Strategies for Landmine Detection by Giant Pouched Rats
Contributor(s):: Alan Poling, Christophe Cox, Bart Weetjens, Negussie Beyene, Andrew Sully
This article compares the performance of Giant African Pouched Rats under two different management systems, both appropriate for mine-detection operational use. Employing International Mine Action Standards for accreditation, the researchers outline the process of conditioning and testing these...
Rabies in Iowa
Contributor(s):: Bernie Napolski
Iowa has one of the highest rates of rabies outbreaks in the country and there is very little the state legislature can do about it. To deal with rabies effectively, the state would have to get to the source of the major portion of rabies cases in Iowa - the skunk.
Sep 28 2015
2015 Animal Ethics Seminar
Using Giant African Pouched Rats (Cricetomys Gambianus) to Detect Landmines
Contributor(s):: Alan Poling, Bart J. Weetjens, Christophe Cox, Negussie W. Beyene, Andrew Sully
Many species have sensitive chemical-detection systems. For millennia, dogs’ exquisite sense of smell has assisted human beings in hunting and in thwarting intruders. Trained dogs have detected landmines and other explosives, illicit drugs, pipeline leaks, and melanomas (Furton & Myers,...
Pet Pals Therapy
Pet Pals Therapy are specialists in providing animal therapy to the elderly and adults with learning disabilities. A Pet Pals Therapy session provides service users with a low energy, relaxation based activity programme. Visiting once a month, Pet Pals Therapy provides an hour session using a...
Indoor Environmental Exposures and Exacerbation of Asthma: An Update to the 2000 Review by the Institute of Medicine
Contributor(s):: Kanchongkittiphon, Watcharoot, Mendell, Mark J., Gaffin, Jonathan M., Wang, Grace, Phipatanakul, Wanda
Pleeease mommy, can I have one?
Contributor(s):: Pfaff, Leslie Garisto
Gathering food from rodent nests in Siberia
Contributor(s):: Ståhlberg, Sabira
The role of rodents in the disease ecology of the Roman city
Contributor(s):: Holt, Emily
May 21 2015
Center for Animal Welfare Sciences Spring Symposium
Caring Hearts Pet Therapy
Our "Caring Hearts" Pet Therapy program is an all volunteer, non-profit organization which involves the positive interaction of our registered therapy pets with adults & children with guidance from our experienced volunteer pet handlers. Our name truly reflects what our visits are...