Health Evaluation of Experimental Laboratory Mice

Curr Protoc Mouse Biol. 2012 Jun;2:145-165. doi: 10.1002/9780470942390.mo110217. Epub 2012 Jun 1.

Abstract

Good science and good animal care go hand in hand. A sick or distressed animal does not produce the reliable results that a healthy and unstressed animal produces. This unit describes the essentials of assessing mouse health, colony health surveillance, common conditions, and determination of appropriate endpoints. Understanding the health and well-being of the mice used in research enables the investigator to optimize research results and animal care.