Planning and Designing Research Animal Facilities

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Jack Hessler, Noel Lehner
Academic Press, Apr 28, 2011 - Science - 520 pages
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Research institutions have or are planning to build, expand and renovate animal research facilities to keep up with the demands of biomedical research caused in part by growth in the use of genetically altered rodents and the upsurge of research in infectious diseases.

Properly designed facilities greatly facilitate effective management and high-quality day-to-day animal care that is required to optimally support animal research and testing. There are multiple solutions to address the myriad of factors that influence the design and construction of animal research facilities. There is no “best design applicable for all facilities and arguably not even a single “best design for a given facility. For this reason, Planning and Designing Research Animal Facilities is not intended to be a “how to book. The goal is to cover the basic programmatic requirements of animal research facilities, provide ideas for meeting those requirements while, hopefully, stimulating the creative process in which designers in consultation with those who work in animal research facilities generate even better ideas. That is how progress has been made and will continue to be made.

  • Facilitates communication between the parties involved in planning and designing animal facilities by providing contemporary information, and stimulating creativity that will help lead to wise decisions and advance the knowledge base for planning, design and constructing animal research facilities

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i find this book is one of the most useful and relevant for all those who are interested in the Care, Breeding, Husbandry and welfare of Laboratory Animals. Exceptionally relevant in this area since it contains a wealth of information on all aspects of animal care and experimentation with due care for the welfare as well. I recommend this should be in the library of every institute involved either directly or indirectly in animal experimentation. Further this will serve as a very good text book for all veterinary students. 

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A brief reading of what was provided on the web for free review concerns me.
I see most contributors are either architects, engineers, university administrators or some other sort of "expert". I
have found from first hand experience that the "end user" of the facility that actually uses it should be consulted for input. This is often not the case and several buildings at some prestigious institutions have failed to work for the end user as designed by "the so called experts". Beware reader and include input from the people that will use the facility and stick to their recommendations before laying the first brick.  


Section IIDesign Concepts and Considerations
Section IIIFacility Design
Section IVSystems

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