Restraint and Handling of Animals

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Restraint and Handling of Animals

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 General Principles:The use of proper restraint and handling techniques reduces stress to animals and also to the researcher. Handling stress represents an experimental variable and should be minimized whenever possible. Animals can inflict serious injuries to humans and to themselves as a result of improper handling.

  • http://wisebio.com/templates/ja_teline_ii/images/bullet.gif); background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: initial; line-height: 18px; padding-left: 30px; color: black; text-align: left; background-position: 18px 7px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; ">Animals experience stress as a result of shipping. All large animals must be allowed to acclimate to the facility for three days. During this time they may not be experimentally manipulated. Acclimation periods of up to one week are recommended for all animals.
  • http://wisebio.com/templates/ja_teline_ii/images/bullet.gif); background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: initial; line-height: 18px; padding-left: 30px; color: black; text-align: left; background-position: 18px 7px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; ">If a study will involve significant handling of animals it is recommended that the animals be acclimated to the handling. Prior to experimental manipulation, handle the animal on a regular basis in a non-threatening situation, e.g. weighing, petting, giving food treats. Most animals, even rodents will respond positively to handling and will learn to recognize individuals.
  • http://wisebio.com/templates/ja_teline_ii/images/bullet.gif); background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: initial; line-height: 18px; padding-left: 30px; color: black; text-align: left; background-position: 18px 7px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; ">Handle animals gently. Do not make loud noises or sudden movements that may startle them.
  • http://wisebio.com/templates/ja_teline_ii/images/bullet.gif); background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: initial; line-height: 18px; padding-left: 30px; color: black; text-align: left; background-position: 18px 7px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; ">Handle animals firmly. The animal will struggle more if it sees a chance to escape.
  • http://wisebio.com/templates/ja_teline_ii/images/bullet.gif); background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: initial; line-height: 18px; padding-left: 30px; color: black; text-align: left; background-position: 18px 7px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; ">Use an assistant whenever possible.
  • http://wisebio.com/templates/ja_teline_ii/images/bullet.gif); background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: initial; line-height: 18px; padding-left: 30px; color: black; text-align: left; background-position: 18px 7px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; ">Use restraint devices to assist when appropriate.
  • http://wisebio.com/templates/ja_teline_ii/images/bullet.gif); background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: initial; line-height: 18px; padding-left: 30px; color: black; text-align: left; background-position: 18px 7px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; ">Chemical restraint should be considered for any prolonged or potentially painful procedure. 

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http://wisebio.com/animal/387-restraint-and-handling-of-animals-.html