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:
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
The Laboratory Bird is a welcomed new volume in the Laboratory Animal Pocket Reference Series. Birds have become important animal models in biomedical research, and this book fulfils a relatively empty niche in this field… This book is a must-have for those who work with birds in every aspect of biomedical research. Veterinary technicians, laboratory personnel, institutional animal care and use committee members, and researchers will find in this book a reliable source of information about laboratory birds.
Miguel D. Saggese, DVM, PhD, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, Calif in JAVMA September 2017
Important Biological Features
Orders Commonly Used in Research
Anatomy and Function
Hematology and Immune System
Nervous and Sensory Systems
Regulatory Agencies and Compliance
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Sources of Birds and Procurement
Quarantine and Conditioning
Occupational Health and Safety Considerations
General Physical Examination
General Diagnostic Tests
Common Clinical Problems and Their Management
Anesthesia and Analgesia Agents
Capture and Restraint
Various Sampling Techniques
Blood Collection Sites
Grooming and General Maintenance