Welfare evaluation and follow-up

The wellbeing and environmental conditions of the laboratory animals are monitored on a daily basis. A professional animal technician inspects the animals at least three times a day.

The daily inspection includes

  • General external inspection
  • Behaviour
  • Cleanliness
  • Mobility and activeness
  • Nutrition
  • Condition of the fur
  • Eyes, ears and mouth
  • Consumption of food and liquids
  • Condition and cleanliness of the cage or pen

An experienced animal technician quickly notices if something is wrong. When necessary, the technician contacts the veterinarian of the laboratory animal establishment who performs a more detailed clinical examination. In terms of the animals in an experiment, the researcher in charge of the experiment shall also be contacted. Procedures for improving the well-being of the animal are decided on a case-by-case basis, or when necessary, at the termination of the experiment for the animal in question.

Special attention is paid to the state of health and well-being of the animals in the experiment. In the animal experiment licence application, the researcher explains the details of all the procedures performed on the animals, and any potentially harmful consequences of the procedures. In addition, the application clarifies in which manner the harmful consequences to well-being are minimised and what are the grounds for eliminating the animal from the experiment.

A form for well-being supports monitoring after e.g. surgical procedures, where the animal’s state and possible procedures, such as analgesia or rehydration, are registered daily or more often if necessary. A clarification of the experimental procedures, potentially harmful consequences and basis for eliminating the animal from the experiment, must be visible in all animal rooms (Form for monitoring procedures).

Last updated: 5.1.2017