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Research Project: IDENTIFICATION OF DISEASE MECHANISMS AND DEVELOPMENT OF IMPROVED DIAGNOSTICS AND VACCINES FOR BRUCELLOSIS IN LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE

Location: Infectious Bacterial Diseases Research

Title: Introduction to working safely with large animals in containment

Author
item Johnson, Barbara - Biosafety Biosecurity International
item Olsen, Steven

Submitted to: Applied Biosafety
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/25/2014
Publication Date: 7/25/2014
Citation: Johnson, B., Olsen, S.C. 2014. Introduction to working safely with large animals in containment. Applied Biosafety. 19(2):98-100.

Interpretive Summary: In this manuscript, we examine considerations for safely housing and working with animals in biocontainment. Practices that minimize animal stress and utilize natural behaviors or instincts are beneficial for conducting research with pathogens with animals. This information will be of interest to scientists, animal caretakers, and people with responsibilities for caring for animals in a research setting.

Technical Abstract: This manuscript examines biosafety challenges posed when conducting work with animals and zoonotic pathogens. It provides solutions for working with animals in a manner that promotes both safe and responsible research. Good safety and animal husbandry are essential for good science. Best practices when working with animals in containment and applied safety information are discussed.