Black-footed ferret Ferrets, 2006

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

Provides a comprehensive view of the literature published on the care, housing, health, welfare, etc. of ferrets.


National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research.

Links to information on the housing, husbandry and care of ferrets.

Ferrets, 2006

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

This publication updates Information Resources on Ferrets, 1991-2002 and involves a search multiple databases for the time period 2003-2006. The publication is broken into 26 different subject groups for easier searching and includes items for domestic ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) and black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes). Some of the references may be listed in more than one group depending on the topics addressed in the article. Selected Web sites are included in a separate chapter.

The Effects of Environmental Enrichment in Ferrets

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

A short article and bibliography on environmental enrichment for ferrets.

Blood collection from the cranial vena cava of the ferret (PDF | 310 KB)

Lab Animal.

This articel describes venipuncture of the cranial vena cava (CVC) as a quick and safe technique to collect large samples of blood from ferrets.

Issues to Consider for Preparing Ferrets as Research Subjects in the Laboratory

ILAR Journal.

This article provides biological information on ferrets and guidelines on their management in research settings.


Canadian Council on Animal Care.

This chapter from the CCAC's Guide to the Care and Use of Experimental Animals provides guidelines for the housing, breeding, restraint, nutrition, and health care of ferrets in research settings.