Making Lives Easier for Animals in Research Labs

Animal Welfare Institute, 2007

ISBN: 0938414976

188 pages, $4.00

One free copy is available to all AWI Members, libraries and lab techs. 

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) just published Making Lives Easier for Animals in Research Labs, a new book of discussions that took place through our online Laboratory Animal Refinement & Enrichment Forum (LAREF) between October 2002 and May 2007. This book was compiled with the hope of encouraging compassion in all those who are responsible for the care and well-being of animals in research labs. Of more than 5,000 comments posted, approximately 3,000 were selected because of their practical animal welfare relevance.

Based on the first-hand experiences of 62 animal technicians, 38 researchers and 13 veterinarians, the book presents ways to improve housing and handling conditions for animals in research facilities. Topics include the human-animal relationship, pair formation and housing of monkeys, environmental enrichment for rabbits, bedding for rodents, exercise for dogs, adoption of animals after research completion, and minimizing stress reactions during procedures. Comments were edited and supplemented with relevant references from scientific literature. Please contact us if you would like to obtain a copy, or view the book online.