Chapter 22. The Laboratory Rat

  1. Robert Hubrecht and
  2. James Kirkwood
  1. Jaap M. Koolhaas

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch22

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Koolhaas, J. M. (2010) The Laboratory Rat, in The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition (eds R. Hubrecht and J. Kirkwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch22

Editor Information

  1. UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Behavioral Physiology, University Groningen, P.O. Box 14, 6750 AA Haren, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175234

Online ISBN: 9781444318777

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Keywords:

  • laboratory rat - domesticated form of species Rattus norvegicus or brown Norway rat;
  • R. norvegicus and R. rattus -cosmopolitan, found on all continents;
  • rats, having dichromatic colour vision;
  • Norway rat, social species by nature - ignored, during design and interpretation of laboratory experiments5. laboratory management and breeding;
  • Roman High Avoidance (RHA) and Roman Low Avoidance (RLA) lines - in active shock avoidance paradigm;
  • role of auditory information - in social communication of rats;
  • infections of laboratory animals - influencing outcome of experiments;
  • long-distance transportation of rats - effects of stress on behaviour and physiology;
  • incidence of stereotypies - very low under standard housing conditions

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological overview

  • Standard biological data

  • Breeds, strains and genetics

  • Laboratory management and breeding

  • Laboratory procedures

  • Common welfare problems

  • References