Recognizing the research needs for laboratory animal facility design and management is important for both cost-effective design of laboratory research animal facilities and the reliability of laboratory animal experiments. The Laboratory Animal Consortium (LAC), consisting of representatives from various industries and organizations involved with laboratory animals, has identified five major research priorities: the effects of microenvironmental conditions on the response of laboratory rats, the means for achieving appropriate ranges of environmental conditions, the environmental preferences of rats, the relationships between cage and room environmental conditions in typical laboratory animal facilities and caging systems, and the practical methods for measuring cage environmental conditions. These major research priorities are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes