Mice are one of the most commonly used animals in research, and Lindsey Kitchenham is on a mission to determine how their housing environments impact their welfare. She chats with Graeme about how integrating behaviour assessments and neuroscience will help us better understand how housing impacts mice brain development. She explains how her research, happening in the Department of Animal Bioscience, could have major ripple effects in the research world.
Important note: In this episode, we discuss several sensitive and potentially upsetting topics, including the euthanasia of research animals. The research discussed in this episode, and all animal research at the University of Guelph, is done in adherence to the University of Guelph Animal Care Policy and Procedures, the provincial legislation and regulations of the Animals for Research Act, and the national guidelines and policies of the Canadian Council on Animal Care.
This will be our last episode for a bit, while we figure out how to keep answering big questions in a safe and effective way. We hope all of our listeners are doing okay!
Descriptive transcript available here: https://www.uoguelph.ca/oac/system/files/Episode%2017%20-%20How%20might%20neuroscience%20shift%20animal%20welfare%20standards.txt
University of Guelph Animal Care Policy and Procedures: http://www.uoguelph.ca/research/document/university-guelph-animal-care-policy-and-procedures
Animals for Research Act: http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90a22_e.htm
Canadian Council on Animal Care: http://www.ccac.ca/en_/standards/policies