Human-animal interactions in the research environment

Kristine Coleman, Allison Heagerty

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3 Scopus citations


Animal care in biomedical facilities has undergone major changes in the past few decades, including having dedicated and highly trained caretakers to oversee the physiological and psychological well-being of the animals in their charge. An important outcome of this high quality animal care is the close relationship that can develop between the caretaker and the animal. Once discouraged and considered a potential threat to scientific objectivity, such positive interactions are now encouraged by many facilities. This chapter summarises the current use of animals in scientific research, and the types of human-animal interactions that are typically found in the research environment. It then examines effects of such interactions and relationships on both the animal and the caretaker. Lastly, suggestions for facilitating positive interactions while reducing the potential costs, as well as directions for future research are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnthrozoology
Subtitle of host publicationHuman-Animal Interactions in Domesticated and Wild Animals
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780198753629
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • 3Rs
  • Caretaker
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Handling
  • Positive reinforcement training
  • Stress
  • Welfare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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