Laboratory rat management

María Angeles Aller, María Paz Nava, Marta Méndez, Patri Vergara, Jorge Luis Arias

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Experiments on animals are the key to Surgical Clinical Research; its objective is to solve the unsolved problems in the clinical area. This chapter covers the ethical principles and investigator responsibilities. The principal environmental conditions, such as housing, husbandry and nutrition, are also described. Current studies indicate that rats and mice value opportunities to take cover, build nests, explore, gain social contact, and exercise some control over their social milieu; the inability to satisfy these needs is physically and psychologically detrimental, leading to impaired brain development and behavioral anomalies. © 2009 Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicrosurgery in Liver Research
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009


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