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Nest Building as an Indicator of Health and Welfare in Laboratory Mice
 
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Nest Building as an Indicator of Health and Welfare in Laboratory Mice

Article DOI: 10.3791/51012
December 24th, 2013

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We demonstrate the utility of nest building behavior in laboratory mice as an indicator of welfare. Nest scoring is a sensitive technique that is altered by temperature, illness, and aggression. The time to integrate into nest test (TINT) is a simple cage-side assessment that can detect postoperative pain.

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