Holmes, S. 2020. A technician’s guide to ferret enrichment. Animal Technology and Welfare 19(1), 79-81.
At the Royal Veterinary College, we have carried out an investigation to look at various types of enrichment for our ferrets. This article gives examples of successful enrichment ideas, including: tunnels inside the cage, tunnels interlinking various cages, sandpits, paddling pools, hammocks, ladders, play pens, and group-housing. Studies at the RVC have shown that regular interactions with technicians are vitally important to decrease stress levels in the laboratory setting. This not only improves animal welfare but also health and safety when handling for both the animal and the handler.