Videos: Rodent Compound Administration Procedures

NIH. Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU).

Videos demonstrating injection and gavage techniques in rodents.

Videos: Rodent Genotyping & Identification Procedures

NIH. Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU).

Tail biospy and ear punch techniques. Additional resources linked at the bottom of the page.

Videos: Survival Rodent Surgery

NIH. Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU).

Videos taken from an earlier CD on survival rodent surgery techniques as well as links to related training materials.

Videos: Rodent Blood Collection Procedures

NIH. Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU).

Video tutorials for blood collection techniques in rodents. Includes links to additional resources at the bottom of the page.

Videos: Rodent Restraint Procedures

NIH. Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU).

Short videos on restraint techniques for mice and rats.

A Wiki Ethogram for the Laboratory Mouse

A collaborative project documenting the behavioral repertoire of the laboratory mouse, including a video library and protocols for recording and scoring mouse behavior in the homecage.

rat Rodents, 2006

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

This information resource was developed to help researchers provide better conditions for their animals and their research, and to assist in complying with the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act.

ARRP Guidelines for the Housing of Animals in Scientific Institutions (Australia)

NSW Department of Primary Industries. Animal Research Review Panel (ARRP).

Provides guidance on best practice standards for housing animals based on published scientific information and practices employed in New South Wales, Australia.

Modifications to Husbandry and Housing Conditions of Laboratory Rodents for Improved Well-being

Institute for Laboratory Animal Research.

This paper focuses on housing and husbandry alterations that may improve the welfare of laboratory rodents. Discusses possible inexpensive and effective enrichment schemes for laboratory mice including reducing the cage floor space per mouse combined with providing nesting material.

Mouse Genome Informatics

The Jackson Laboratory.

Provides integrated access to information on the genetics and biology of the laboratory mouse.

The Laboratory Rat: A Natural History

Oxford University.

Information and footage from a short film that follows the lives of domestic rats after being released in a large outdoor enclosure where they have to compete, like their wild cousins, for food, shelter and mates.

Environmental Enrichment for Laboratory Mice: Preferences and Consequences

Universiteit Utrecht.

This thesis indicates that the degree of complexity of environmental enrichment affects the behavior and physiology of mice. Individual chapters are viewed as PDF documents.

Novel Non-invasive Physiological and Behavioral Indicators of Stress in Laboratory Rats (Rattus norvegicus) (PDF | 84.17 KB)

This paper reviews novel, non-invasive physiological and behavioral parameters of stress that have emerged in and discuss their potential welfare benefits for R. norvegicus.

Assessing the Welfare of Genetically Altered (GA) Mice, Full Report of GA Mouse Welfare Assessment Working Group, April 2006

UK Animal Procedures Committee.

Recommendations for a standard welfare assessment scheme for genetically altered (GA) mice and the establishment of a 'passport' system for GA mice transferred between establishments nationally and internationally.

European Mouse Phenotyping Resource of Standardized Screens


EMPReSS is a database of SOPs, developed by the EUMORPHIA consortium, that can be used to describe the phenotype of a mouse.

Variables, Refinement and Environmental Enrichment for Rodents and Rabbits kept in Research Institutions (PDF | 789 KB)

Animal Welfare Institute.

This online book discusses refinement and environmental improvement techniques for rodents and rabbits kept in research facilities.

The Anatomy of the Laboratory Mouse

The Jackson Laboratory. Mouse Genome Informatics.

The text and graphics from a book originally published in 1965 on the anatomy of the mouse.

Environmental Enrichment for Rats

Animal Welfare Institute.

An article about providing enrichment for rats and published in the Animal Welfare Institute Quarterly, Spring 2002 issue.

Allen Mouse Brain Atlas

Allen Institute for Brain Science.

The Allen Mouse Brain Atlas is an interactive, genome-wide image database of gene expression. Find ISH and Nissl images.