Cage instrumentation for on line management of laboratory animal' swell-being

Cage instrumentation for on line management of laboratory animal' swell-being

Belkacem Messaoudi Damien Gervasoni Hervé Hugueney Nadine Ravel Clément Saudet Bruno Favre Christine Marguet Dominique Ligot 

CRNL, Codage et mémoire olfactive, Inserm U1028 - CNRS UMR5292 CH Le Vinatier bât 452, 95 bld Pinel, 69675 Bron Cedex, France

ARThémIs, IUT Lyon 1, Université Lyon 1, 17 rue de France 69627 Villeurbanne Cedex France

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31 December 2016
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In neuroscience for the study of episodic memory, and more generally for behavioral studies, research laboratories monitor and analyze small animal behavior. Here we introduce an instrumentation developed for an online supervision of home cages via internet. This multidisciplinary instrumentation allows a continuous supervision of the animal's environment and well-being (measure of temperature and humidity, amount of drinking water consumed and image snapshots to check the animal's mobility, with an alert in case of trouble or occurrence of worrying signs) and a management of drinking water supply (automatized access to water and programmable access periods and volume delivered). It ensures an access to all the data as well as their settings through a convenient web interface and an automatic sending of alert messages in case of trouble. This instrumentation is fully functional, satisfies our first expectations and already offers numerous perspectives.


instrumentation, online supervision, controlled supply of drinking water, laboratory’s animal, well-being.

1. Introduction
2. Contexte scientifique
3. Présentation de l’instrumentation
4. Résultats
5. Évolutions en cours de développement
6. Conclusions et perspectives

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