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“Pain and Its Influence in the Research Environment”
James Finlay, DVM, PhD, DACLAM Associate Director, City of Hope Beckman Research Institute Center for Comparative Medicine
There exist ethical, regulatory and scientific imperatives to recognize and address pain in animals used in research. It is incumbent upon all stakeholders in the research community to consistently advocate for and provide relief to animals involved in research. This presentation will address the physiology and perception of pain in animals and the potential role that pain has in confounding research variables. The presentation will also explore some commonly used models of pain and pain perception along with the equipment used in these models. Additionally, the current state of analgesia in rodent species will be discussed. Finally, the topic of practical clinical management of pain in rodents will be addressed.