FEB 07, 2018 6:00 AM PST

Social Housing of Laboratory Rabbits

Speaker

Abstract

There is a considerable interest and need for evidence-based recommendations regarding the social housing of laboratory rabbits. This presentation will review the principles surrounding the social housing of laboratory rabbits including; the natural history of the New Zealand White (NZW) rabbit, current regulatory guidelines that provide oversight to rabbit social housing and a brief overview of peer-reviewed literature that provides insight into laboratory rabbit behavior. Rabbits benefit significantly from social housing in a myriad of physical and psychological ways and should be housed accordingly whenever possible. However, many challenges arise from housing adult paired rabbits within a cage setting, which if not mitigated, can be severe. We have developed a process of pair housing our extensive colony of approximately 400 rabbits annually by pairing adult non-related females in addition to related male and related female weanlings.  We have developed a behavioral ethogram categorizing expected behaviors during social interactions and what these behaviors may indicate. To provide stable pair maintenance across the lifespan of the pair, we have developed a structured process for intervening with various treatments when certain behaviors are observed. Utilizing these methods over the last 12-month period, we have maintained 172 NZW laboratory rabbit pairs (62% female, 38% male) with only 8% having to be separated for excessive aggression. 


Show Resources
You May Also Like
JUN 28, 2022 7:00 AM PDT
JUN 28, 2022 7:00 AM PDT
Date: June 28, 2022 Time: 3:00pm (BST), 4:00pm (CET), 9:00am (CST), 7am (PST) Light-sheet microscopy is an extremely versatile imaging technique with a vast range of implementations that are...
MAY 17, 2022 9:00 AM PDT
MAY 17, 2022 9:00 AM PDT
Date: May 17, 2022 Time: 9:00am (PDT), 12:00pm (EDT), 8:00pm (CEST) Gene therapeutics have great potential to treat many severe diseases in an unprecedented, targeted manner. The biopharmace...
OCT 12, 2022 9:00 AM PDT
C.E. CREDITS
OCT 12, 2022 9:00 AM PDT
Date: October 12, 2022 Time: 9:00am (PDT), 12:00pm (EDT), 6:00pm (CEST) The microbiome of every food product is incredibly diverse and can include everything from innocuous background flora...
OCT 11, 2022 8:00 AM PDT
C.E. CREDITS
OCT 11, 2022 8:00 AM PDT
Date: October 11, 2022 Time: 8:00am (PDT), 11:00pm (EDT), 5:00pm (CEST) Multiomic profiling of cell populations at single-cell resolution is revolutionizing scientists’ understanding o...
OCT 05, 2022 9:00 AM PDT
C.E. CREDITS
OCT 05, 2022 9:00 AM PDT
Date: October 05, 2022 Time: 9:00am (PST), 12:00pm (EST), 6:00pm (CEST) Candida auris is a multi-drug resistant yeast that continues to be a global threat for infection and transmission in h...
AUG 16, 2022 11:00 AM PDT
AUG 16, 2022 11:00 AM PDT
Date: August 16, 2022 Time: 11:00am (PDT), 2:00pm (EDT), 8:00pm (CEST) Understanding genomic variation in the context of cancer is paramount to identifying disease drivers and informing pers...
FEB 07, 2018 6:00 AM PST

Social Housing of Laboratory Rabbits



Show Resources
Loading Comments...
Show Resources