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Nest Building as an Indicator of Health and Welfare in Laboratory Mice

DOI :

10.3791/51012-v

6:12 min

December 24th, 2013

December 24th, 2013

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1Research Models and Services, Charles River, 2Department of Clinical Sciences, Tufts University, 3Department of Comparative Medicine, Stanford University, 4Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

We demonstrate the utility of nest building behavior in laboratory mice as an indicator of welfare. Nest scoring is a sensitive technique that is altered by temperature, illness, and aggression. The time to integrate into nest test (TINT) is a simple cage-side assessment that can detect postoperative pain.

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