A survey of laboratory rat environments

Y. Zhang, L. L. Christianson, G. L. Riskowski

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There is a growing realization that more scientific data are needed as a basis for laboratory animal care guidelines and that many design parameters and recommendations are not directly related to the microenvironmental (e.g., cage) conditions that actually affect the health and well-being of the animals. Ventilation recommendations are based on room air exchanges, but the room air diffusing system, cage type, and other room characteristics generally are more important than room air exchanges in their impact on the microenvironment to which the animals are exposed. Data are needed to quantify laboratory animal environmental conditions so as to improve animal well-being, facility design, and energy efficiency. Seven laboratory rat facilities at a U.S. university were surveyed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-252
Number of pages6
JournalASHRAE Transactions
Issue numberpt 2
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes
EventASHRAE Winter Meeting - Anaheim, CA, USA
Duration: Jan 25 1992Jan 29 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering


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