Resources for animal technicians

At the NC3Rs, we have a broad range of projects directly relevant to the work of animal technicians in laboratories around the world. Whether it’s the latest refinements in mouse handling, or practical advice on blood sampling, these resources can help support animal technicians to apply best practice in their work. 

This page brings together our relevant web resources for animal technicians in one place.

Our regular newsletter providing animal technicians with the latest news from the NC3Rs.
Advice and resources for animal care staff and researchers.
A practical resource to support technicians in assessing the welfare impact of new enrichment, with extensive guidance and examples.
Opportunities to refine the use of non-human primates.
Resources and outputs from our programmes related to laboratory rodent welfare.
Resources on improving the welfare of zebrafish used in research.
Guidance on re-establishing colonies after a pause (e.g. COVID-19 lockdown) with an emphasis on minimising the number of mice used.
Refining the housing and husbandry of common laboratory animal species.
A dedicated website of online tutorials and guidance to support the adoption of best practice for commonly used procedures in animal research.
Refining blood sampling from laboratory animals - advice on technique, route and volumes.
Learn more about why the single-use of needles should be standard practice and how to implement this in your facility.
Outputs from our project to identify patterns and triggers of aggression in laboratory mice using global data crowdsourced from technicians.
Resources on rat tickling and how it can be used to promote positive human-animal interactions, provided by the Gaskill Lab at Purdue University.
Non-aversive methods for handling mice.
Posters and other resources on the use of grimace scales to assess pain in laboratory animals.
Information and resources on malocclusion in mice to improve welfare within a research setting.
A video presentation demonstrating the 3Rs in principle and practice.
Free online tutorials designed to support the training of technicians and others working with laboratory animals.
Upcoming webinars and recordings of past webinars on different 3Rs topics.
A monthly podcast produced with LabAnimal and the NA3RsC summarising the latest research and news in 3Rs science and technology.
The latest workshops, conferences and events from the NC3Rs and other related organisations, many of which will be relevant for animal technicians.