The influence of facility and home pen design on the welfare of the laboratory-housed dog

  A new publication in the Journal of Toxicological and Pharmacological Methods compares the effect of traditional and modern home pen design on the welfare of laboratory beagles. The study, by Dr Laura Scullion Hall and Professor Hannah Buchanan-Smith from the Behaviour and Evolution Research Group at the University of Stirling, performed in collaboration with AstraZeneca and Charles River Laboratories, was co-funded […]

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UK Home Office releases 2015 statistics on animals used in scientific procedures

The UK Home Office has today released its annual statistics of scientific procedures on living animal in Great Britain during 2015.   Data collected on animal use changed from 2014 onwards, with European Union Directive 2010/63/EU setting out a common format for all member states. Key changes include reporting of the actual severity of procedures experienced by animals, differences in […]

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Refining Dog Care website launches

University of Stirling researchers aim to improve welfare of dogs with launch of new website   Researchers from the University of Stirling, Scotland, have today released a website which aims to improve the welfare of laboratory-housed dogs. The website, Refining Dog Care, is designed for a global audience of both scientific professionals and members of the public, providing information on dog […]

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Refining Dog Care researcher wins NC3Rs international 3Rs prize

Outstanding published research has been awarded this year’s 3Rs Prize.     The awards are run by the NC3Rs, a leading UK organisation dedicated to replacing, refining and reducing the use of animals in research, and are sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).     Joint winner of the prize was the work of Dr Laura Hall, University of Stirling, for improving the technique […]

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Impact workshop on best practice in laboratory-housed dogs, December 2015, UK

We are delighted to have hosted a successful workshop in December 2015 which brought together important stakeholders in the welfare of laboratory-housed dogs to discuss new directions in research. Eighteen attendees represented 10 organisations, including academia, pharmaceutical companies, contract research organisations, the Home Office Animals in Science Unit and the National Centre for the 3Rs (NC3Rs).     The goal […]

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