Multi-Species Resources

This section of the Three Rs microsite compiles all references from the site that provide species-specific information for the care and use of animals in science.

General species-specific information can also be found in the following resources:

  • Council of Europe (2006) Appendix A of the European Convention for the Protection of Vertebrate Animals Used for Experimental and Other Scientific Purposes (ETS No. 123). In: Guidelines for Accommodation and Care of Animals. Strasbourg, France: CE.
    - This document includes species-specific information for rodents, rabbits, cats, dogs, ferrets, nonhuman primates, farm animals, mini-pigs, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish.
  • Hubrecht R. and Kirkwood J. (eds) (2010) The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, 8th ed. Oxford UK: Blackwell Science.
    - This book includes species-specific information for opossums, tree shrews, rodents, rabbits, cats, dogs, ferrets, nonhuman primates, cattle, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, mini-pigs, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and cephalopods.
  • Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) (2004) Non-traditional animals for laboratory research [theme issue]. ILAR Journal 45(1).
    - This issue contains information on the following species: white-footed mouse, degus, musk shrew, prairie vole, whiptail lizard and red-sided garter snake.
  • National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) (n.d.) Blood Sampling Microsite.
    - This site provides information and photographs about the techniques for blood sampling from mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, dogs, pigs and marmosets. It also contains information about the general principles of blood sampling and choosing the most appropriate technique, and references. (NB. The CCAC considers that some of the techniques illustrated on the site [e.g., retro-orbital bleeding and decapitation] should only be carried out in exceptional circumstances following careful review and approval by an animal care committee, based on scientifically justified necessity.)
  • Reinhardt V. and Reinhardt A. (eds.) (2002) Comfortable Quarters for Laboratory Animals, 9th ed. Washington DC: Animal Welfare Institute.

Please note that the CCAC Guide to the Care and Use of Experimental Animals, vol. 2 (1984) is now out of date and under revision.

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