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Animal handling and restraint

Handling mice by open tunnels or hand cupping

Taming anxiety in mice is a journal article which provides experimental evidence demonstrating that handling mice either with use of tunnels or cupped, open hands rather than picking them up by the tail reduces anxiety in these research animals. It includes short supplementary videos of both the tunnel handling and cup handling methods which demonstrate these techniques.

This article and supplementary videos were published by Dr's Hurst and West from the Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool, UK in Nature Methods (2010) 7,825-826. doi:10.1038/nmeth.1500. Copyright is retained by the Nature Publishing Group Ltd.

This resource is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate training and for staff CPD. It should not replace hands-on training within an individual's Institution, but be used as a supplementary educational resource.

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