Dr. Joanna Makowska: „A Good Life for Laboratory Rodents?“

Am Mittwoch, den 23.2.2022 um 19 Uhr findet das 10. Webinar in der 3R-Fortbildungseihe statt (in Englischer Sprache). Weitere Informationen und kostenfreie Anmeldung hier.

‘Triad’ housing consists of three compartments set up with tunnels connecting them on the outside, 3 Abschnitte mit Tunneln verbunden als Unterbringung z. B. für Mäuse in Laboren

The 10th Webinar in the 3Rs training series, organized by the Animal Protection Commissioner of Berlin and the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), in collaboration with the Veterinary Chamber of Berlin, will take place on Wednesday, February 23, at 1 pm EST/ 7 pm CET. During this 1.5-hour webinar, Dr. Joanna Makowska will demonstrate how we can provide laboratory rodents with a good life.


Current conventional housing for laboratory rodents is restrictive and detrimental to their welfare. While there is growing interest in providing animals with some form of environmental enrichment, it is time to work towards a higher standard; providing research animals with a “good life” should be a prerequisite for their use. The aims of this presentation are to illustrate what we consider to be the minimum day-to-day living conditions to be met when using rodents in research. A good life requires that animals can express a rich behavioral repertoire, use their abilities, and fulfill their potential through active engagement with their environment. This presentation will describe how rodents could be housed for these requirements to be fulfilled, from simple modifications to standard housing through to better cage designs and free-ranging options


Dr. Joanna Makowska is an Adjunct Professor in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the Laboratory Animal Advisor at the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI). She has a PhD in laboratory animal welfare from UBC. Her research at UBC focuses on learning more about who rodents are and how to improve their welfare, while her work at AWI seeks to facilitate the implementation of current best practices at research facilities and to re-evaluate how animals are used in research.
Researchers and veterinarians who are attending the whole webinar are eligible to receiving a certificate of attendance. German veterinarians can obtain credits to fulfill the continuing education requirements.