ETRIS: Education & Training Resources in In-Vivo Sciences

Animal welfare & husbandry

Recognizing Pain in Animals

Recognizing Pain in Animals is a website which provides guidance on how to recognise and alleviate pain in 10 groups of species commonly used in scientific research.

It includes links to the US Institute of Laboratory Animal Research’s (2009) report Recognition and Alleviation of Pain in Laboratory Animals (which can be downloaded as a free PDF from this link) and other related resources.

This resource was created by the US National Academy of Sciences Institute of Laboratory Animal Research. Copyright is retained by the National Academy of Sciences.

The resource will be of use both to early career and more experienced researchers whose studies may inflict pain, suffering or distress on laboratory animals, and to animal care and welfare staff.

Other resources in this category:

  • A Guide to the Behavior & Enrichment of Laboratory Rodents - view
  • Animal Welfare Information Center - view
  • Assessing animal welfare and suffering - view
  • Basic Assessment of Laboratory Animal Health and Welfare - view
  • Code of Practice for the Housing and Care of Animals Bred, Supplied or Used for Scientific Purposes - view
  • Common Marmoset care - view
  • 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
  • Recognition & prevention of pain, suffering and distress in laboratory animals - view
  • Recognizing Pain in Animals - view
  • Refining Dog Care - view
  • Rodent Reference Information - view
  • Severe Suffering - view
  • Severity Assessment Framework - view
  • Severity Assessment Road Map - view
  • The Macaque Website - view

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