AWRN Workshop on “Novel Minimally Invasive Tools to Investigate Animal Behaviour and Welfare” POSTPONED until 2021, date TBC
Blizard Institute, QMUL- Whitechapel Campus in central/East London
Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 this workshop is being delayed until 2021. Further information, including the new date for the event, will follow as soon as it is available.
Welfare assessment on many laboratory animals remains challenged by our limited understanding of their natural behavior in their home environment and the confounding impact of experimental methodologies. Classically behavior tests include kinematic measures (measurement of movement), kinetic measures (quantification of force produced), cognition test to specific stimuli and interventional physiological sampling. Advances in automatic monitoring of individual animal’s behavior /physiology provide an innovative, powerful and generally minimally invasive approach to acquire objective and quantifiable data. However, such approaches may require specific housing/husbandry conditions, acclimatization period, changes on animal’s cohorts, specifics IDs…all of which may impact on the care and welfare monitoring on the animals used, and thus on the quality of the data acquired. The objective of this workshop it to bring together experts in the field of automatic tracking behavior / physiology, particularly working with different species and models, to discuss their success, including the benefits and challenges associated with their practical implementation, and how this can be applied to improve our care and welfare assessments. Speakers will include professionals working in high throughput phenotyping, specific CNS disease models, metabolic profiling and behavior/welfare assessments, covering broad multidisciplinary expertise on technological development, applications and animal care & welfare. The meeting would be relevant to animal and technology researchers, technicians, veterinarians, welfare officers and AWERB members.