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Identifying and Preventing Distress in Laboratory Animals

Date: October 1, 2015
Authors: Mollie A. Bloomsmith and Eric Hutchinson
Description: Is your institution equipped to diagnose and prevent distress in the animals used for research purposes?
Stress and distress can negatively impact the welfare of laboratory animals and have adverse consequences for research. Minimizing distress in animals is mandated by federal regulations and remains an ethical obligation for research and compliance staff. To take measures to minimize distress, it is essential to understand its causes and manifestations among the various species of laboratory animals. Planning to reduce or prevent distress should be included in the initial design and review of research projects.

Time: 1-2 Hours

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