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Animal Husbandry for Other Laboratory Animal Models

Other commonly used laboratory animal models for cancer research include hamster, rabbit, and zebrafish.  As with the other mammals, many aspects relating to the care of hamsters and rabbits will be similar to that described for mice and rats.  Specific features of these models are also addressed in The Guide for Use and Care of Laboratory Animals, such as cage size and space allocation and temperature requirements that may vary for different animals.  Additional information specific to the different species may also be found in the Laboratory Animal Medicine (Second Edition) text, which has chapters devoted to hamster and rabbit biology.

Husbandry for zebrafish is, of course, a separate case.  The zebrafish community is actively providing guidance and support for the use of zebrafish as a model organism.  The Zebrafish Model Organism Database (ZFIN) and the Zebrafish International Resource Center (ZIRC) is an excellent source of information about the use and care of zebrafish. 

Explore the links on the left for more specific information about the husbandry and breeding of these laboratory animal species.