Rodent welfare hub

2017 is the year of laboratory rodent welfare at the NC3Rs

Mice and rats comprise 75% of all animals used in research in the EU (Seventh report from the European Commission). Throughout 2017, the NC3Rs will be highlighting the welfare needs of laboratory rodents. By spotlighting recent advances in animal welfare science and technology, and focusing on the adoption of best practice, we aim to have a positive impact on the large number of rodents used in research. Throughout the year we will also be running a series of workshops, events and data collection projects aimed at animal technicians.

Here we highlight some of the resources and outputs from our programmes related to laboratory rodent welfare.   

The importance of burrowing, climbing and standing upright for laboratory rats.
Summary report on our workshops to explore approaches to providing laboratory rats with a complex environment and increased opportunity to exercise.
Crowdsourcing data project for technicians to identify patterns and triggers of aggression in laboratory mice.
Office-led project with recommendations for best practice in rat bile duct cannulation studies.
Assessing the feasibility of telemetry recordings from rats socially-housed in double-decker cages.
Office-led project on improving animal welfare in rodent models of epilepsy and seizures.
Recommendations on good practice for the humane killing of common laboratory animals, including rodents.
Posters and other resources on the use of grimace scales to assess pain in mice and rats.
Guidance for improving the housing and husbandry of laboratory rodents.
Non-aversive methods for handling mice.
Office-led project focussing on improving the welfare of rodents used in stroke research.
A selection of CRACK IT projects we have funded with a rodent welfare theme.
A selection of project grants we have funded with a rodent welfare theme.
Funded by the NC3Rs, this e-learning resource focuses on the recognition and prevention of pain, suffering and distress in laboratory rodents.