Care of Laboratory Animals

By Subcommittee on Diagnostic Procedures and Reagents and Approved for Publication by the Coordinating Committee on Laboratory Methods and by the Committee on Research and Standards of the American Public Health Association, Inc. 66 pages, illustrated. New York: American Public Health Association, 1954. Price, 1–19 copies—75¢; 20–99 copies—65¢; 100 copies and over—50¢. Prepared by C. A. Slanetz, Ph.D

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This pamphlet has been prepared for animal caretakers in biological and medical institutions. Basic information is summarized in simplified outline form regarding the daily care and maintenance of the common laboratory animal species. For example, fundamental routines are described for housing, feeding, and watering laboratory animals, and for maintaining adequate standards of sanitation and disease control in animal quarters. Minimal requirements are suggested for cage space per animal, temperature and humidity controls, and food selection and storage.

The limited objectives of the pamphlet are emphasized by Doctor C. A. Slanetz: “The handbook is not intended to be an exhaustive discussion of any phase of animal care.” There are several omissions, however, which might properly have been included in describing a caretaker's work routine, which would have added to the value of this publication. Thus, except for the cotton rat, no mention is made of simple techniques for handling commonly used species.