Non-invasive measurement of:
|Measurement of mild dietary effects – palatability
Students should have prior training and experience in the capture, restraint and handling of mice. Students can observe mice, noting details of their growth, for example weighing and measuring body proportions. Students should be encouraged to design methods of measuring mice, while minimizing the level of restraint used. To meet the educational objectives, mice should be restrained for the shortest possible period.
For small animals such as mice and rats, the only dietary effect that should be investigated is the palatability of different foods. As mice are small in size, it is unacceptable to vary or restrict the quantity or quality of the feed provided.