Lousy house, grouchy mouse: Assessing the effects of standard barren housing on laboratory mouse sociability and attractiveness

dc.contributor.advisorMason, Georgia
dc.contributor.authorAdcock, Aimee
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-13T18:33:53Z
dc.date.available2019-09-13T18:33:53Z
dc.date.copyrightSep-19
dc.date.created2019-09-04
dc.date.issued2019-09-13
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Animal Biosciencesen_US
dc.degree.departmentCampbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfareen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.degree.programmeAnimal and Poultry Scienceen_US
dc.description.abstractCompared to mice from environmentally enriched (EE) enclosures, mice housed in the small, relatively barren cages ubiquitous in research facilities (standard housing) show signs of poor welfare such as increased stereotypic and depressive behaviours and agonism. Previous research in humans and rats suggests that these behavioural changes can lead to reduced sociability, attractiveness as a social partner, or both. I thus sought to determine the effects of housing on sociability and attractiveness in female mice using a modified sociability and social preference test and a novel familiarisation paradigm. My results indicated that standard housed (SH) mice were not generally less sociable or attractive than those from enriched housing. However, mice who received more agonism in their home cages strongly preferred to spend their time near EE mice (the less agonistic housing type), suggesting that agonism between female cagemates, while not usually injurious, is aversive to the recipient.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
dc.description.sponsorshipOntario Graduate Scholarship
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/17470
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectmiceen_US
dc.subjectsociabilityen_US
dc.subjectattractivenessen_US
dc.subjectsocial preferenceen_US
dc.subjectwelfareen_US
dc.subjectsocial behaviouren_US
dc.subjectagonismen_US
dc.subjectaggressionen_US
dc.subjectstereotypic behaviouren_US
dc.subjectdepressive behaviouren_US
dc.subjecthousingen_US
dc.titleLousy house, grouchy mouse: Assessing the effects of standard barren housing on laboratory mouse sociability and attractivenessen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

Files

Original bundle
Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
Loading...
Thumbnail Image
Name:
Adcock_Aimee_201909_MSc.pdf
Size:
895.09 KB
Format:
Adobe Portable Document Format
Description:
MSc thesis