FEB 04, 2015 07:30 AM PST

Normal behavior of rodents: understand it, then respect it

  • Adjunct Professor, Universidad of Salvador
      Academic background
      - Doctor in Veterinary Medicine, graduated with honours, Veterinary School, Buenos Aires University, 2004. Fields of expertise: Clinical Ethology, Animal Behavior and Neurosciences, Laboratory Animal Science, Biostatistics and Experimental Design.

      - Diplomate in Canine and Feline Internal Medicine, De las Américas University, 2009

      - Diplomate in Clinical Ethology, Latin-American Veterinary Ethology College (Cleve), 2012

      - Specialization in Statistics for Health Sciences, Sciences School, Buenos Aires University, 2014.

      - Master in Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology, Favaloro University, 2012

      - Master´s student in Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare, Barcelona University, Spain, 2015-2018

      - PhD in Neurosciences, Veterinary School, Buenos Aires University, 2013.

      Current positions:
      - IBCN Laboratory Animal Facility Manager (coordination and supervision of animal health and welfare), Medicine School, Buenos Aires University, since March 2012.
      - Professional Member of the Career for Research Support of National Research Council (CONICET), at Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology (IBCN), Medicine School, Buenos Aires University.
      - IACUC Member, Veterinary School Research Institute at Del Salvador University, since May 2013.
      - Board Member of Argentinean Association of Laboratory Animal Science and Technology (AACyTAL) (pro-secretariat), since March 2014
      - Head Professor of Biostatistics in Veterinary School, El Salvador University, since August 2008.


    During my presentation, we will discuss: - Normal patterns of behavior (repertoire): social, food intake, territorial, agonistic, anti-predation, sleep and rest, play behavior, grooming, sexual(courtship and maternal), disposal, thermoregulation, exploratory, kinetic. - Characteristics and species - specific differences in the behavioral repertoires of rodents - Animal Welfare and its relationship to the behavioral repertoire of the species - Evaluation of the behavior pattern expression in animals bred and maintained in an animal facility - Applied Ethology in laboratory animals - Environmental Enrichment: concepts and examples of its application - Learning Objectives: - To understand normal behavior patterns in animal species frequently used in biomedical experimentation - To evaluate the proper development and expression of these patterns of behavior in animals kept in captivity in an animal facility and to relate it to Animal Welfare

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