A review of factors affecting analgesic selection in large animals undergoing translational research

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Abstract / Description of output

The widespread physiological effects of pain in experimental animals are likely to reduce the validity of data except when pain itself is studied. Appropriately prescribed analgesics will limit pain and improve the welfare of animals undergoing noxious experimental procedures. However, their injudicious use may also introduce variability in data and limit study reproducibility. Optimizing both animal welfare and the value of scientific data from experimental studies requires the ability to identify, quantify and treat animal pain by applying a knowledge of analgesic pharmacology that is sympathetic to study objectives. This review first examines the reasons for promoting analgesic use in translational animal research and, in focussing on pigs and small ruminants, then identifies factors that should be considered when devising analgesic plans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-22
Number of pages11
JournalVeterinary Journal
Volume236
Early online date13 Apr 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Analgesics
  • Animal models
  • Pigs
  • Sheep
  • Translational research

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