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Open Access Animal Well-Being IV. Specific Assessment Criteria

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A number of factors have potential use as indicators of animal well-being. Classic and practical criteria for assessing animal well-being are a combination of general health status, clinical signs of disease, and performance. Numerous regulatory mechanisms and systems are responsible for many neurochemical and endocrine changes in response to arousing and stimulating events. Neuroendocrine changes associated with aversive stimuli have been implicated in modulation of immune responses. Animal behavior and preference, which can be observed directly and noninvasively, can be useful in assessment of well-being. Aversive conditions, especially longer term, can cause morphologic and pathologic changes in some tissues.

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Affiliations: 1: Departments of Medical Microbiology, Animal Resources, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 2: Departments of College of Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 3: LATG, Departments of Animal Resources, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7381

Publication date: December 1, 1997

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  • Comparative Medicine (CM), an international journal of comparative and experimental medicine, is the leading English-language publication in the field and is ranked by the Science Citation Index in the upper third of all scientific journals. The mission of CM is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information that expands biomedical knowledge and promotes human and animal health through the study of laboratory animal disease, animal models of disease, and basic biologic mechanisms related to disease in people and animals.

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