The book has two main parts: part one focuses on the general principles of laboratory animal maintenance and experimental use, as well as factors which have to be taken into account when good research is done with animals. The second part is species specific, concentrating on the species most used as laboratory animals. This part gives a comprehensive description of the welfare questions considered to be important for each species under laboratory conditions.
Series Preface.- Preface.- Contributing authors.- General Principles for Maintenance and Use of Laboratory Animals.- Animal welfare - an introduction.- Research, animals and welfare.- Regulations, alternatives and guidelines.- Infections in laboratory animals: Importance and control.- Housing, care and environmental factors.- Nutrition and animal welfare.- Experimental procedures: General principles and recommendations.- The Welfare of Different Species.- The welfare of laboratory mice.- The welfare of laboratory rats.- The welfare of laboratory guinea pigs.- The welfare of laboratory rabbits.- The welfare of laboratory dogs.- The welfare of pigs and minipigs.- The welfare of non-human primates.- Animal welfare issues under laboratory constraints, an ethological perspective: rodents and marmosets.- Index.
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