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Policy: Housing for Rabbits

Policy: Housing for Rabbits


Housing should follow the recommendations in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Social housing should be used with compatible animals unless contraindicated by research objectives. Animal care and veterinary staff must monitor socially housed animals for signs of aggression. If animals cannot be socially housed, they should remain in visual and olfactory contact with conspecifics.


Animal well-being is essential to the quality of research in which animals are used. Animals require an environment that permits them to grow, mature, and maintain good health and species-specific behaviors while minimizing variation.


Rabbits weighing less than four kilograms may be housed in cages 14 inches high. This height allows normal posturing and behavior in rabbits of that size. 


Approved: 3/5/2013

Updated: 1/10/2017


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