The Laboratory Bird

The Laboratory Bird

By Douglas K Taylor, Vanessa K Lee and Karen R Strait

The Laboratory Bird PDF. Laboratory animals, including birds, play an important role in biomedical research. The humane care and management of these animals is an ongoing concern. A new addition to the acclaimed Laboratory Animal Pocket Reference series, The Laboratory Bird is the first publication dedicated to the care and use of avian species in the research setting.

Covering avian species such as chickens, ducks, doves, parrots, and songbirds that are commonly used as research models, the book is divided into focused chapters that cover a broad range of topics, including:

  • General avian biology and physiology
  • Husbandry
  • Regulations and regulatory compliance regarding the use of birds in research
  • Experimental methods
  • Veterinary care

Along with discussing applicable regulations, the book also details issues of health management and quarantine approaches. The final chapter provides resources such as organizations, publications, vendors, and diagnostic laboratories.

With its focus on the care of a diverse group of avian species in biomedical research settings, The Laboratory Bird is a valuable reference for animal care and veterinary technicians, laboratory animal veterinarians, trainees in laboratory animal medicine, and research staff members, as well as individuals involved in laboratory work who lack experience in working with birds.

  • Presents a quick reference for investigators, technicians, and caretakers on the humane care and use of birds in the laboratory setting
  • Illustrates management practices and technical procedures with numerous figures and tables in a clear, easy-to-follow format that can easily be incorporated into a facility’s standard operating procedures
  • Provides resources such as organizations, publications, vendors, and diagnostic laboratories
  • Includes full-color illustrations to enhance the user’s detailed understanding
Table of Contents

Important Biological Features
Orders Commonly Used in Research
Anatomy and Function
Respiratory System
Gastrointestinal System
Urogenital System
Cutaneous/Integumentary System
Musculoskeletal System
Cardiovascular System
Hematology and Immune System
Endocrine System
Nervous and Sensory Systems

Environmental Enrichment

Regulatory Agencies and Compliance
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Sources of Birds and Procurement
Quarantine and Conditioning
Occupational Health and Safety Considerations

Veterinary Care
General Physical Examination
General Diagnostic Tests
Common Clinical Problems and Their Management
Anesthesia and Analgesia Agents

Experimental Methodology
Capture and Restraint
Capture Techniques
Manual Restraint
Chemical Restraint
Various Sampling Techniques
Blood Collection
Blood Collection Sites
Compound Administration
Grooming and General Maintenance

Diagnostic Laboratories

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