Animals in Research

Handling Hamsters

Location: France
Group: Rodents
Species: Hamster
Research Areas: Vaccine development

Hamsters involved in research are gently handled by animal caretakers on a regular basis so they can grow accustomed to human interaction. This reduces stress for the animals. In addition, the hamsters are provided with enrichment items to ensure that they can carry out their normal behaviors. These items include shelters to hide in, and running wheels, just like you would commonly find in enclosures for pet hamsters.