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The Laboratory Bird

1st Edition

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

CRC Press

161 pages | 49 Color Illus.

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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.


"The Laboratory Bird (CRC Press, 2016; $59.95, also available as an e-book) is a useful ‘pocket reference’ for laboratory animal veterinarians, veterinary technicians, husbandry staff, new researchers, trainers, and exotic animal practitioners. This book falls in line with other of the Laboratory Animal Pocket Reference series. It is a quick and easy read with varied, colorful, and descriptive figures throughout its 161 pages of text.

The spiral-bound book is composed of 6 chapters that encompass biological features, husbandry, management, veterinary care and experimental methodology. The index and references are thorough and comprehensive. As the authors state in the preface, the book serves as a basic reference to those that have little experience working with birds in a research setting. …

Overall the contents in the book are well-organized and cover the most pertinent and important points regarding common avian species used in research, husbandry, veterinary care, and experimental uses. It will serve well as an easy reference guide for veterinarians, students, facility managers and animal husbandry technicians."

Dr. Erin Mitchell, Assistant Director/ Clinical Veterinarian, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC in Laboratory Animal Practitioner

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



About the Authors

Douglas K. Taylor has worked with a variety of avian species in varied settings since 1995. From 1995–2000, he worked in private practice, routinely managing avian medicine and surgery cases. From 2000–2002, he worked in the field of wildlife toxicology and used chickens to study polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and mercury toxicity. From 2002–2006, he was in training as a resident at the University of Michigan where pigeons, passerines, and chickens were in use. He is currently a faculty veterinarian at Emory University, where a substantial number of passerine species and, occasionally, chickens are housed. He became a diplomate in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2006.

Vanessa K. Lee has worked with avian species in both a research and clinical environment since 1999. From 1999–2000, she worked as a veterinary technical assistant at the University of Georgia Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital. From 2000–2001, she was an aviary farm manager for over 400 psittacine birds. From 2001–2004, she was a student research assistant working with pigeons and psittacines, and she worked as a wildlife treatment crew volunteer and supervisor. From 2005–2007, she was an associate veterinarian in private practice with a heavy avian caseload. She has held a faculty position at Emory University, during most of which she had clinical responsibilities for multiple passerine species. She became a diplomate in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2010.

Karen R. Strait has worked with avian species in a variety of settings since 2003. From 2003–2005, she was a wildlife treatment crew volunteer and also completed a six-week training at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, participating in field studies and diagnostic necropsies of various avian species. She has held a faculty position at Emory University, during which she provided clinical support for multiple passerine species and poultry. She became a diplomate in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2009.

About the Series

Laboratory Animal Pocket Reference

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / General
MEDICAL / Research
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience