Finalists for the 2018 animal welfare award announced

Scientist holding guinea pig in laboratory

The Janet Wood Innovation Award finalists were recently announced, recognizing individuals who created novel products that improve the welfare of laboratory animals. The award, a program of Datesand Group, aims to encourage laboratory animal technicians to come up with ideas that support the Three R’s of animal research (replacement, reduction and refinement). The products will be produced and marketed by Datesand Group to reach a broad audience.

Victoria Preston of the University of Liverpool proposed enhancements for aquatic species including artificial floating lily pads and substrate to provide a more natural environment (Entry A). Marc Curtis at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology created a hanging mouse running wheel that preserves floor space and attaches easily to cage tops (Entry B). Vanessa Jenkins of Plymouth University designed the Nombrero, which is a sombrero-shaped device that holds soft food for young or old rodents (Entry C).


Final public voting concludes on March 23, 2018. Parsemus Foundation is proud to partner with Datesand Group to encourage improved welfare for laboratory animals.

Linda Brent, PhD

Executive Director, Parsemus Foundation

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