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NC3Rs: National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research

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Guidance on non-aversive methods for handling mice. Includes tutorials, FAQs and tips for implementation.

Three black mice, one of them is being handled with a clear plastic tunnel

Resources on rat tickling and how it can be used to promote positive human-animal interactions.

A white rat in a clear plastic cage with wooden shavings, being tickled by a gloved hand.

Dr Megan LaFollette (NA3RsC) presents rat tickling as a positive handling technique and provides guidance on putting it into practice.

Webinar title slide: Tickling rats for improved welfare
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A dedicated website with resources for everyone who works with, or is interested in, laboratory macaques.

A macaque eating

To support the adoption of non-aversive methods for picking up mice, we have produced an A2-sized poster for display.

Screenshot of the NC3Rs Mouse Handling poster which outlines guidance on non-aversive handling techniques for the laboratory mouse

Professor Jane Hurst and Mr John Waters answer your questions about the refined handling techniques.

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A video tutorial for technical staff and researchers in how to handle mice using non-aversive methods.

A brown mouse in a tube

Professor Jane Hurst of the University of Liverpool shares the evidence base supporting refined mouse handling techniques as well as practical advice

A brown mouse in a tube

Guidance on implementing positive reinforcement training methods.

Marmoset being handfed as part of positive reinforcement training