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Gaskill Lab Partnering with Petco

a researcher tickles a rat laying on its backI’m excited to announce that the Gaskill Lab will be partnering with Petco to investigate the welfare of their rats in their stores. We will be looking at how mimicking social rat play will improve rat well-being as well as be a technique that can be taught to employees and customers! We are so excited to work with Dr. Sylvie Cloutier and Dr. Maggie O’Haire on this project.

Dr. Brianna Gaskill Receives International Research Award

Dr. Gaskill and Dr. Garner receive an international award for research from the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement, and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)Dr. Brianna Gaskill, assistant professor of animal welfare in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, has received an international award for research she completed as part of her Purdue PhD degree program. The award is the international NC3Rs Prize, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, which is given by the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs). The prize is awarded to highlight outstanding original contributions to scientific and technological advances in the 3Rs in medical, biological or veterinary sciences, published within the last three years.

Dr. Gaskill won the prize along with her major advisor, Dr. Joseph Garner, associate professor of comparative medicine at Stanford University, for a study published in the journal PLOS One, entitled, “Heat or Insulation: Behavioral Titration of Mouse Preference for Warmth or Access to a Nest.” The study looked at the amount of nesting material required to meet a mouse’s thermal needs in a laboratory setting. The NC3Rs is an independent scientific organization dedicated to replacing, refining and reducing the use of animals in research and testing. Click here to view more information about the most recent NC3Rs Prize winners.

Center for Animal Welfare Science Hosts Inaugural Symposium

Center for Animal Welfare Science logoPurdue’s Center for Animal Welfare Science hosted its inaugural symposium to examine why animal welfare remains a matter of growing public concern and why it is important to put science in its appropriate social context to help resolve socially contentious animal welfare issues. The symposium explored topics such as agricultural, companion and laboratory animal welfare challenges and opportunities. In addition, ethical issues relative to animal welfare, and the overlap between animal welfare science and the human-animal bond. The symposium was May 21st 2015 from 7:30-6:30 pm at Purdue University.

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