• Question: whats your favourite rat species to test?

    Asked by Clodagh to Rob on 20 Jun 2019.
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      Rob Ives answered on 20 Jun 2019:

      For me, Sprague Dawleys are a very good species of rat to work with. They are gentle natured, (making them easy to handle safely), are very clever (making them easy to train) but also quite tough rats that tolerate testing quite well. All laboratory rats are specially bred and it is important to use the correct strain of rat for the type of work you are doing.