Lectures and seminars Webinar: Clicker training as a refinement for mice
The aim of these CPD webinars (Continuing professional development) is to follow the legal requirements for maintenance and demonstration of competence in laboratory animal science, and to facilitate the implementations of the 3R’s in routine animal work.
Nadine Baumgart, Ph.D., Head of 3R Research Group, Translational Animal Research Center, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany.
Register here (by March 29, 16.00 CET)
Training can positively influence the well-being of laboratory animals. Especially positive reinforcement training, which has proven to be effective and animal friendly, is often the method of choice. Clicker training is a form of positive reinforcement training, where a ‘click’ serves as a time bridge between the rewarded behavior and the upcoming reward. This is particularly well suited to train specific processes with small agile animals like mice.
Clicker training can serve as a cognitive enrichment and improves the habituation of mice to humans. Furthermore, the training can easily be adapted to be used for care, management, and experimental procedures, allowing voluntary cooperation of the animals. In general, training can help to reduce the stress of performing procedures for both mice and staff.