Lab Animal Husbandry
In addition to the widely used mouse and rat models, other species are employed as models for various aspects of cancer research. Some information on the basics of husbandry provided for those animals and may be of interested to researchers as well. As for other species, The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals provides an excellent foundation.
Specific information about the use of hamsters in laboratory settings can be found in The Laboratory Hamster & Gerbil book, as well as in many primary literature works from researchers using hamsters as a model system. Additional helpful information for the hamster researcher community can be found from the Florida Atlantic University Veterinary Service page for Hamster. Exploring the current literature for hamster as a model organism may provide information and connections for researchers.
Guidance on working with rabbits in the lab may be found in The Laboratory Rabbit book, as well as from the primary literature. Additional helpful information for the rabbit researcher community can be found from the Florida Atlantic University Veterinary Service page for Rabbit. Exploring the current literature for rabbit as a model organism may provide information and connections for researchers.
The aquatic environment for zebrafish (Danio rerio) is certainly a different situation. The Laboratory Fish text provides guidance for husbandry of this organism. In addition, the zebrafish community organized Zebrafish Model Organism Database and at the Zebrafish International Resource Center (ZIRC) offers The Zebrafish Book, and a version of this work is freely available online (version 4). The community of zebrafish researchers has also established the Zebrafish Husbandry Association (ZHA) to promote the improvement of husbandry practices for the use of zebrafish as a model organism.