Charles River Laboratories recognised for innovative rabbit pens
The Edinburgh site of Charles River Laboratories has received a second award for humane care. The award recognises the introduction of floor housing of rabbits as part of the company's ongoing commitment to environmental enrichment. The innovative rabbit floor pens provide flexible accommodation for up to nine rabbits in bright and stimulating surroundings.
Environmental enrichment initiatives facilitate a wide range of normal behaviour with the aim of reducing social stress and aggression. These include:
Preclinical studies conducted at the Edinburgh facility range from acute through to carcinogenicity and include all major regulatory species and all routes of administration. Developmental and reproductive toxicology studies as well as juvenile studies can also be carried out at the site.
In addition to supporting early-phase candidate screening, the company also performs laboratory services such as metabolism and pharmacokinetics, bioanalytical support and in vitro sciences.