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Animal welfare & husbandry

A Guide to the Behavior & Enrichment of Laboratory Rodents

A Guide to the Behavior & Enrichment of Laboratory Rodents is an introductory booklet which provides information on the behaviours of commonly used laboratory rodents, and guidance on their environmental enrichment requirements.

The resource includes details of the natural history, natural and laboratory behaviours of different species, behavioural and physiological needs, environmental enrichment requirements, observational standard operating procedures and ethograms. Extensive references and links to videos of specific behaviours of the different species are also provided.

It was written by behaviour and enrichment experts in partnership with Charles River Laboratories Inc., a supplier of research animal models and services. The guide is available free of charge by emailing

This guide will be of use to researchers and animal care and welfare staff.

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  • Euthanasia of Animals - view
  • Extended Welfare Assessment Grid - view
  • Guide for the care and use of laboratory animals - view
  • Humane Endpoints - view
  • Mouse Welfare Terms - view
  • Pain assessment: Grimace scales - view
  • Recognising post-operative pain in animals - view
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  • Recognizing Pain in Animals - view
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  • Rodent Reference Information - view
  • Severe Suffering - view
  • Severity Assessment Framework - view
  • Severity Assessment Road Map - view
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