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How are laboratory rodents handled?

Rat and Guinea Pig Handling Methods Research Questionnaire

This is a questionnaire survey about rodent handling methods used in a laboratory setting. The aim is to understand which handling methods are the most widely used on both rats and guinea pigs, and why they are used. If you currently handle rats or guinea pigs in a research setting, your (anonymous) insight would be greatly appreciated.

This study is being conducted by a Royal Veterinary College student, as part of a final year BSc Animal Biology research project. The questionnaire has been pilot tested for use by laboratory technicians, vets, and researchers. It is made up of four main sections: (A) general demographics and workplace type, (B) handling methods for rats and their strengths and weaknesses [3 pages], (C) handling methods for guinea pigs and their strengths and weaknesses [3 pages], (D) concluding questions. All illustrations were drawn by the student. This survey will take you around 10-15 minutes to complete, depending on whether you answer for one or both species and how much you decide to comment.

This questionnaire is completely anonymous, almost all questions are voluntary and you may withdraw from the study at any time. You must be 18 years of age or over. This study is intended for educational purposes only, and not for commercial purposes. The results may be published in a peer-reviewed journal and presented at relevant professional conferences.

The survey is expected to close on the 23rd of February 2021.

The survey has received ethical approval from the Royal Veterinary College (
URN SR2020-0283). If you have any questions about the survey, you can contact the research supervisor, Dr Burn:; or the research student, Ms Camacho: