Articles About Animals in Laboratories

Please see the below articles about Animals in Laboratories from past editions of the AWI Quarterly Magazine.

Newly Revamped: AWI’s Refinement Database

AWI is pleased to announce the addition of new features to our online Refinement Database. These features make the database more searchable and improve its usability, making it easier to find current information on ways...

As USDA Dithers, Research Chinchilla Supplier Goes Unchecked

Native to the Andes Mountains in South America, chinchillas are gentle, social, inquisitive, and energetic rodents. Though not typically thought of as experimental animals, chinchillas (because of their large ears and hearing similar to humans)...

Enrichment Strategies for Rabbits in Research

by Kathleen Coda, DVM, postdoctoral clinical veterinarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago Biologic Resources Laboratory One of the goals of environmental enrichment is to encourage species-typical behaviors while discouraging abnormal behaviors. Assessing the...

Lab Animal Caregivers Share Insights in New LAREF Volume

AWI is pleased to announce publication of It’s Okay to Cry: Discussions by the Laboratory Animal Refinement & Enrichment Forum, Volume V. Since 2002, AWI’s Laboratory Animal Refinement and Enrichment Forum (LAREF) has facilitated the...

Studies and Snack Breaks

Veterinary technician Evelyn Skoumbourdis and environmental enrichment coordinator Casey Coke Murphy discuss proper feeding of small laboratory mammals Due to their smaller size and handleability, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and rabbits are widely used in...

A New Beginning for Retired Laboratory Rabbits

Healthy laboratory animals who are no longer needed in research deserve the chance to be rehomed. The practice of rehoming retired laboratory animals is more common with dogs, but other species are also deserving of...