FEB 05, 2014 11:00 AM PST

Biology and Laboratory Management of Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

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  • Clinical Veterinarian, Caribbean Primate Research Center, Puerto Rico
      Dr. Marilyn Arce graduated from the University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras Campus with a Bachelor in Biology. She later completed a Masters in Laboratory Animal Science at Drexel University, Philadelphia. The degree of doctor in veterinary medicine was obtained from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and the residency in primate medicine and laboratory animal medicine from Emory University and Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta. She is diplomat from the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) since 2011 and currently works at the Caribbean Primate Research Center in Puerto Rico. Recently she opened a small animal clinic in San German, Puerto Rico.


    Rabbits are commonly used in biomedical research for many years due to its ease of use and phylogenetical similarities with humans. They are commonly used in cardiovascular research (atherosclerosis), antibody production, physiology, and toxicity studies. This presentation includes some aspects of the biology and care of the rabbits in the research laboratory. Briefly, it will be discussed some common diseases and research uses of the rabbit.

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