Rachel Larsen, Undergraduate

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LHSI 2015-2016

Life Health Sciences Internship within Dr. Hickman's animal husbandry laboratory
The Laboratory Animal Research Center (LARC) works from several building around campus, including Medical Sciences, research facilities R2 and R3, and BRTC. Dr. Debra Hickman and her colleagues identify the most humane treatment of research animals in various situations, housings, and experimental conditions while having limited effect on the results of experimentation in labs across the nation. Using mainly mice and rats, our labs are consistently focused on animal well-being while understanding the needs of researchers for non-human models. We understand the need for their sacrifices and work to make them more tolerable every day.

Project Exploration for 2015-2016

1. Cage Color

Does the color of a cage effect the wellness or anxiety levels of rodents in the home cage?

2. Breeder Diet

Food that supposedly increases fertility is easy to find in animal research...but does it work? And how does it affect the young in the long run?

3. Rat/Mouse Socialization and Visualization

Do rodents spend more time next to other animals when housed next to each other in isolated housing or do they just like the interest of something moving next to them?

4. Essential Oils and Aggression

Essential oils are used by people all over the world to relieve headaches, stress, and promote sleep. Does it also work for mice?

5. DRIVE (not public)

6. Injections and Long-Term Stress in Association with Bone Density

6a. Scruffing as Stressor in Comparison to IP Injections

7. Euthanasia Perception

The methods of euthanasia that we use "LOOK" the most human to us, but is that a human bias, or is it truly the best way to treat the animals?

Author: Rachel Larsen
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