Laboratory Animal Husbandry

Ethology, Welfare, and Experimental Variables

By Michael W. Fox

Subjects: Animal Behavior
Paperback : 9780887061387, 284 pages, June 1986
Hardcover : 9780887061370, 284 pages, June 1986

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Table of contents


Chapter 1 The Laboratory Animal Environment: Room for Concern

Chapter 2 Present Standards and Questionable Conditions

Chapter 3 Experimental Variables

Chapter 4 Social Influences and Pheromones

Chapter 5 Social Deprivation and Isolation Effects

Chapter 6 Handling, Socialization, and Caretaker Effects

Chapter 7 Genotypic and Phenotypic Variables

Chapter 8 Alternatives and New Directions

Chapter 9 Behavioral and Ethical Aspects of Plain and Suffering in Research Animals

Chapter 10 Animal Health and Welfare — Toward the One Medicine

Chapter 11 Animal Rights: Ethical Issues and Human Obligations

Appendix I Humane Attitudes in Animal Care

Appendix II The Control of the Proximate, Especially Behavioral, Environment

Appendix III Section of Animal Welfare Act Relevant to the Veterinarian's Role and Judicial Authority

Appendix IV Toward A Philosophy of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Care




This book demonstrates that good science, animal care, and humane ethics are consonant and complimentary. Many environmental and treatment-related variables that can adversely affect both the animal and the validity of research are detailed. Fox provides a critical review of present standards of laboratory animal husbandry and routine experimental procedures.

Michael Fox is Director of the Institute for the study of Animal Problems and Scientific Director of The Humane Society of the United States.