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 or read on to find out more.

Electronic copies

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

Read past issues of Tech3Rs

Issue 13, November 2021

  • Malocclusion in mice: spot the signs and take action
  • 3Rs papers of interest: hypothermia in rodents following anaesthesia
  • Highlights from the NC3Rs website, including our new updated website coming soon
  • Tech Journeys: Robin Labesse, Manager of the Biomedical Research Facility at the University of Surrey
  • Upcoming events
  • Happy birthday, 3 Minute 3Rs!

Issue 12, August 2021

  • Evaluating environmental enrichment
  • 3Rs papers of interest: social housing during drug development
  • Highlights from the NC3Rs website and beyond
  • 3Rs champions: environmental enrichment for macaques and habituating rats to transport boxes
  • Upcoming virtual events
  • Enter this year’s Andrew Blake Tribute Award

Issue 11, May 2021

  • Aggression in laboratory animals
  • Tech Journeys: Stephen Woodley shares his career journey from junior animal technician to Director of Biological Services at King’s College London
  • 3Rs papers of interest: non-invasive methods for oral administration of substances to mice
  • Spotlight on... NC3Rs webinars and upcoming virtual events
  • Highlights from the NC3Rs website

Issue 10, February 2021

  • When the techs are away, the mice will play: how the Home Cage Analyser has helped animal care staff discover what their mice do when they are not looking
  • 3Rs papers of interest: environmental enrichment for zebrafish
  • 3Rs champions: improving the welfare of ageing mice
  • Highlights from the NC3Rs website
  • Upcoming virtual events

Issue 9, November 2020

  • Colony management best practice
  • 3Rs champions: enrichment for pigs and tackling mouse aggression
  • 3Rs papers of interest: non-aversive mouse handling
  • Highlights from the NC3Rs website
  • Catch up on our latest collaborative content

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