What are the best ways to provide rabbits in research with effective enrichment—items that fulfill their desire to engage in natural rabbit behaviors? This question was raised in a discussion that took place last year on the online Laboratory Animal Refinement and Enrichment Forum (LAREF). The forum was founded in 2002 by AWI Scientific Committee member Dr. Viktor Reinhardt to help animal care personnel share innovative ideas and proven techniques for improving the way animals are housed and handled in the laboratory. See page 14 for what LAREF members had to say about making life better for rabbits in research.
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