From breeding practices to behavior and enrichment programs, the Charles River Guidebook Series gives laboratory animal professionals an A-to-Z look at running an effective and humane vivarium. We currently offer the following titles free of charge to interested professionals and institutions. Please fill out the form to request.*

A Guide to Modern Strategies for Infection Surveillance of Rodent Populations: Beyond Sentinels

The health of laboratory animals is vital to their suitability for research. Therefore, an animal health quality control program is important to any research facility. This guidebook concentrates on infection surveillance for rodent populations, provides a brief overview of agents to consider as part of a program and offers recommendations for the selection of assays, sample type and number and testing frequency. It also incorporates recent advances that can reduce or eliminate the need to use animals as sentinels. Although we focus on the theory behind creating a modern infection surveillance program, we also briefly discuss the response to microbial outbreaks and a few basic aspects of biosecurity. The recommendations in this document are based on information from current texts, relevant scientific literature and actual experience working with both Charles River rodent production facilities and customer vivaria. Some of the sections of this book are revised extractions from our previously published guidebook titled, “Companion Guide to Rodent Health Surveillance for Research Facilities."

Handbook of Clinical Signs in Rodents & Rabbits

This is an introductory guide containing practical clinical information useful to anyone working with laboratory rodents and rabbits, including veterinary technicians, research personnel, veterinary students, students in research programs, veterinarians and others involved in animal care programs, including regulatory and oversight bodies. This handbook is available in multiple languages.

A Guide to the Behavior & Enrichment of Laboratory Rodents

Covering species-typical behavior as well as abnormal/malfunctional behavior and stereotypes observed in mice, rats, hamsters and gerbils, this is an excellent resource for those looking to implement or enhance an existing behavioral husbandry and enrichment program. Detailed ethograms (behavior charts) are included for most species covered, as well as charts and photographic examples to help researchers in their observation and quantification of their animals’ behaviors.

Guidebook on Mouse and Rat Colony Management

Mice and rats comprise the majority of the animals used in research. This guidebook was written to provide useful information pertaining to managing mouse and rat colonies. In this book, you will find information on colony management from a genetics and reproductive standpoint, as well as guidance for troubleshooting colony performance.

* Maximum of 3 guidebooks per person. Please allow 2–3 weeks for delivery.