Chapter 28. The Laboratory Rabbit

  1. Robert Hubrecht and
  2. James Kirkwood
  1. Lena Lidfors1 and
  2. Therese Edström2

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch28

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

Lidfors, L. and Edström, T. (2010) The Laboratory Rabbit, 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.ch28

Editor Information

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

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Animal Environment and Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, P.O. Box 234, SE-532, 23 Skara, Sweden

  2. 2

    AstraZeneca R & D Mölndal, Pepparedsleden 1, SE-431 83 Mölndal, Sweden

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 rabbit, descending from European wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus);
  • Watanabe heritable hyperlipidaemic (WHHLMI) rabbits - models to study human acute coronary syndromes;
  • social organisation - European wild rabbits in small, stable, territorial breeding groups;
  • European wild rabbit, seasonal breeder - seasonality determined by interaction of day length, climate, nutrition;
  • transportation vehicles - equipped with devices for monitoring temperature6. new type of flexible rabbit cage with pair of rabbits;
  • group-housing rabbits - compatibility of individual animals and size of pens;
  • environmental enrichment;
  • ventilation - European guidelines, 15–20 air changes per hour;
  • training/habituation for procedures

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological overview

  • Sources/supply/transport conservation status

  • Uses in the laboratory

  • Laboratory management and breeding

  • Laboratory procedures

  • Common welfare problems

  • Acknowledgements

  • References