Environmental Enrichment for Animals Used in Research

Kristine Coleman, James L. Weed, Steven J. Schapiro

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    7 Scopus citations


    Environmental enrichment is an integral part of animal care practices. Enrichment generally refers to items we provide to the animals to support their behavioral needs. It provides a way to functionally simulate the natural environment of captive animals, in an effort to increase opportunities for the expression of species-specific behaviors and decrease the occurrence of abnormal behaviors. Further, enrichment can also be a tool in the study of basic science questions, such as how environmental factors may affect disease etiology or progression. In this chapter, we will examine the use of enrichment in both applied and basic science contexts; as a welfare tool and as an experimental model.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationAnimal Models for the Study of Human Disease
    PublisherElsevier Inc.
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Print)9780124158948
    StatePublished - Jul 2013


    • Animal welfare
    • Behavioral management
    • Enrichment
    • Positive reinforcement training
    • Psychological well-being

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


    Dive into the research topics of 'Environmental Enrichment for Animals Used in Research'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this