Merrill, C., Ordile, J. 2016. Litter box training of rabbits housed in pens. Laboratory Animal Science Professional 4(1) (March), 44-46.
At Pfizer’s Pearl River site, rabbits are socially housed in pairs or triples in dog runs that have been converted into rabbit pens. The daily husbandry and maintenance of these pens, however, proved to be laborious and time consuming. Therefore, it was decided to attempt to litter box train rabbits. This article describes the development and implementation of the litter box training program. Overall, the success of the litter box program has led to increased husbandry efficiency, overall cleaner pens, and improved animal welfare.