Newcastle University conducts survey on handling of laboratory mice

Another survey among animal care professionals and researchers is conducted by NC3Rs researchers at Newcastle University in the U.K. They want to assess the use of tunnel handling for lab mice, and the obstacles that are preventing the method from being more broadly adopted by researchers. Recent findings suggest that using plastic tunnels to handle laboratory mice is a more refined method than capturing them by the tail because it results in lower anxiety. By enabling mice to have improved physiological coping capacity, it may ultimately lead to increased precision in scientific findings, which is something all scientists ultimately strive for. However, the method is not used as widely as had been anticipated by the developer of the tunnel handling method. If you work with laboratory mice, please consider completing this survey, which will take no more than 15 minutes. More info.