Tech3Rs: A newsletter for animal technicians

Tech3Rs is our regular newsletter providing animal technicians with the latest news from the NC3Rs. Each issue features updates on recent advances in the 3Rs and highlights new resources, research and events that we think will be of interest to animal technicians. Download the latest issue now or read on to find out more.

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Each issue of Tech3Rs is available online to download on this page. We will place a banner in our NC3Rs newsletter to alert subscribers to new editions. If you haven't done so yet, register now for the monthly NC3Rs newsletter and look out for the Tech3Rs banner every three months.

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, we are currently unable to send out hard copies of Tech3Rs. Please visit our dedicated page for more information about the support we are offering during this time.

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If you have any ideas for future issues or are working on a 3Rs approach you would like us to feature, please get in touch – we would love to hear from you!

NEW: Dedicated animal technicans hub

Further resources to help animal technicians to embed the 3Rs can be found on our dedicated animal technician hub.

Newsletter archive

Issue 8, August 2020

  • Compassion fatigue: the cost of caring
  • Lockdown champions
  • Tech Journeys: a look at the career path of Linda Horan, Manager of the Biomedical Procedures Unit at the University of Strathclyde
  • 3Rs papers of interest: rodent husbandry and procedures
  • Highlights from the NC3Rs website
  • Spotlight on resuming animal research

Issue 7, May 2020

  • The NC3Rs and the 3Rs during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 3Rs champions: refinements in rodent oral dosing and zebrafish geotyping
  • 3Rs papers of interest: environmental enrichment
  • Tech Journeys: a look at the career path of John Waters, Chief Animal Technician and NACWO at the University of Liverpool
  • Help test a new device for embryo culture
  • Spotlight on new online resources for technicians

Issue 6, February 2020

  • More reasons to tunnel handle your mice
  • 3Rs champions refining mouse and rat care in their facilities
  • 3Rs papers of interest: mouse husbandry
  • Highlights from our news and blog, featuring two new posts by animal care staff at the universities of Glasgow and Dundee
  • Upcoming events
  • Spotlight on mouse husbandry

Issue 5, November 2019

  • Minimising mouse aggression
  • 3Rs papers of interest: environmental enrichment for pigs
  • Highlights from the 2019 NC3Rs/IAT Animal Technicians' Symposium
  • Spotlight on rat husbandry
  • NC3Rs-sponsored session at AST 2020 (24-26 March): "New Technologies Which Advance Refinement and Science"
  • PLUS a pull-out A3 poster on avoiding the reuse of needles

Issue 4, August 2019

  • Tickling rats for improved welfare
  • 3Rs papers of interest: grimace scales
  • 3Rs champions
  • Spotlight on laboratory animal anaesthesia
  • Secret Lives of Mice: our new citizen science project with MRC Harwell
  • PLUS a pull-out A3 poster on our Regional Programme Managers and how they can help you advance the 3Rs

Issue 3, May 2019

  • Refinement of rat telemetry studies
  • IAT Congress workshops: Fundamental concepts of experimental design
  • 3Rs champions
  • Spotlight on the evidence for refined mouse handling methods
  • NC3Rs/IAT Animal Technicians’ Symposium (2 October 2019)
  • PLUS our celebration of animal technicians for the IAT's Animal Technologist Month

Issue 2, February 2019

  • Shaping the future of amphibians in research
  • 3Rs champions
  • Recent papers on zebrafish welfare
  • Spotlight on guinea pig husbandry
  • Upcoming events
  • PLUS a pull-out A3 poster highlighting the resources available on our animal technicians' hub

Issue 1, October 2018

  • Mouse aggression study
  • Mouse handling made easy
  • CRACK IT Solutions
  • Highlights from the NC3Rs blog
  • 3Rs papers of interest