Effect of multilevel laboratory rat caging system on the well-being of the singly-housed Sprague Dawley rat.

@article{Wheeler2015EffectOM,
  title={Effect of multilevel laboratory rat caging system on the well-being of the singly-housed Sprague Dawley rat.},
  author={R'nld Ruth Wheeler and Melissa P. Swan and Debra L. Hickman},
  journal={Laboratory animals},
  year={2015},
  volume={49 1},
  pages={
          10-9
        }
}
Current regulations emphasize that good husbandry practices allow animals to engage in species appropriate postural adjustments without touching the enclosure walls. This study evaluated the well-being of rats housed in a commercially available multilevel rat caging system, with or without access to the upper level of the caging. The evaluation methodologies included assessment of behavioral observations in the home cage, physiological assessment of metabolism and immune function, and… CONTINUE READING

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