Pig with scratching devices

Pig Scratching

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Rebecca Smith, first year master’s student, began her first project on sow enrichment. She is the first to explore scratching materials as a potential enrichment in sow gestation pens and farrowing crates. Enrichments have been proven to improve welfare. Scratching enrichment may engage the sows’ natural scratching behavior and curiosity.

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New view

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Well the lab and I (Brianna) have successfully moved into our new home, Creighton Hall. We are excited about the clean new space and opportunities to collaborate and interact with colleagues in the department on a more regular basis now that we are all under one roof! I’m loving my new view of campus and…

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Megan LaFollette teaches undergraduate students at Purdue University how to tickle rats.

Tickling Workshop – Sponsored By Covance

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

This week, Megan and Brianna taught 15 undergraduate students at Purdue University how to tickle rats! It’s always fun to share this technique with others. The students had a varied amount of prior rat experience, but all of them picked up the technique pretty successfully. This training was part of a workshop sponsored by Covance about laboratory rodents. Thank you to everyone…

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Paulin Jirkof

Visiting Scholar – Paulin Jirkof

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Paulin Jirkof is a junior group leader at the Division for Surgical Research, University Hospital Zurich. Her scientific field of interest is in the evaluation of severity assessment tools and the reliable assessment of pain in laboratory rodents. Furthermore, her interests lie in the non-pharmacological improvement of animal well-being involving refined post-surgical protocols and experimental…

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Lindsey Robbins and Carla Patricia Reyes Flores each hold a piglet

Piglet Thermal Preference

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

As part of her PhD Thesis, Lindsey Robbins has been working with determining piglets’ thermal preference and the impact of early life thermal stress. To create this, she had design and build a thermocline with a bit of help! A thermocline is a chamber that is cooled on one end and heated on the other…

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