Lab Anim 2022 Jan 13:236772211065920. Epub 2022 Jan 13.
School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, 1980University of Bristol, University of Bristol, UK.
The advancement and quality of science rely on research that is robust and unbiased in its experimental design, execution, analysis, and reproducibility. In preclinical research, a better understanding of animal emotions and refinement of their husbandry, housing, and handling are important goals in providing good animal welfare in a laboratory setting which underpins rigorous research quality. Induction of positive emotional state in animals is a key component of their well-being, and one approach is to increase their environmental complexity using, for example, ball pits or playpens in rats. Read More