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Report of the Working Group on Animal Distress in the Laboratory


Finding ways to minimize pain and distress in research animals is a continuing goal in the laboratory animal research field. Pain and distress, however, are not synonymous, and measures that alleviate one may not affect the other. Here, the authors provide a summary of a meeting held in February 2004 that focused on distress in laboratory animals. They discuss the difficulties associated with defining 'distress,' propose methods to aid in recognizing and alleviating distressful conditions, and provide recommendations for animal research conduct and oversight that would minimize distress experienced by laboratory animals.

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The authors thank the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust for providing the necessary funding for this workshop.

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Brown, M., Carbone, L., Conlee, K. et al. Report of the Working Group on Animal Distress in the Laboratory. Lab Anim 35, 26–30 (2006).

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