This May we're excited to bring you a new resource page all about refining mouse handling, a last call for the Global 3Rs Awards, updates on the MPS world summit, and the latest episode of 3-minute 3Rs!
How do you pick up mice? While there are many methods out there, some are better for mouse welfare than others.
Strong evidence indicates that using non-aversive handling techniques, like tunnel handling and cupping, is beneficial to animal welfare and scientific quality. In contrast, picking mice up by the tail – even for only 2s at cage change – causes negative effects such as anxiety, chronic stress, impaired test reliability, decreased glucose tolerance, and even depressed breeding.
Check out our non-aversive handling resource page to learn more about the evidence behind non-aversive methods, videos about how to do it, answers to common concerns, and tips for switching entire institutions to this practice.
In our latest 3-minute 3Rs podcast, we highlight innovative replacements for lab animals. You can listen to the 3 minute episode to learn about replacements for sentinel animals, mosquito repellents, and xenograft mice.
It's your last chance to apply for a 2021 Global 3Rs Award. The application deadline in June 1st! The award recognizes significant contributions toward the 3Rs of animal research. Winners will be presented $5,000 (USD) each.
You can now register for the first MPS World Summit on June 24th, 2021, focusing on regulatory acceptance for MPS. This virtual conference will bring together stakeholders from diverse industries & help establish an international MPS community.
Register by June 9th for the Lab Animal Welfare Training Exchange Biennial Conference on June 17-18th. NA3RsC will be presenting about our 3Rs efforts & rat tickling training efficacy. Free for LAWTE members.
As you can see, NA3RsC is working hard to advance the science and education of refining, reducing, and replacing animals in laboratory research. Your donation to the North American 3Rs Collaborative will enable us to expand these efforts.