Monthly Archives: September 2016

paper published – refinement of euthanasia in rats

very pleased to see this published in PLoS One. this paper represents the work of jessie, my first MSc student, and describes her considerable efforts in refining euthanasia in rats. unfortunately, the common practice of overdose of inhaled carbon dioxide is aversive and likely to be stressful or painful, or both.


this work ties in nicely with the recently published NC3Rs report of the Second Newcastle Meeting on Laboratory Animal Euthanasia that was held in 2013.

Mouse Specifics blog mention

Tom Hampton, at Mouse Specifics, very kindly mentioned us on his company blog following a very interesting chat at the 2016 CALAS-CALAM Symposium about improving euthanasia methods in laboratory rodents and peri-anaesthetic care in general. Their ECGenie is a nice example of hands-off data collection, minimising handling and stress.

Some of the work presented at the meeting has been accepted by PLoS One and will soon be in press.


hypothermia clinical audit and accompanying editorial published

very excited to have an editorial published alongside Nicole’s paper describing a clinical audit of hypothermia management.

Dr Alex Dugdale wrote a very nice editorial to accompany the paper, describing the potential for clinical audits to be performed in practice. Nicole’s paper describes her idea to assess and improve our management of post-operative hypothermia in dogs. with some small, practical changes in management we were able to reduce our time to return 75% of patients to a normal body temperature from 7.5 hours to 3.5 hours; not perfect, but a dramatic improvement.


Paper available through JSAP and as a preprint (there were important changes to the manuscript as we progressed through review). The editorial is free to access through the journal’s website.

cross-country migration to a new job

after a little over 5 years at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, I’ve moved to the University of Montreal, or “Université de Montréal” for francophiles, to join the veterinary teaching hospital and department of clinical sciences.


before leaving, the summer ended with the annual summer undergraduate research day at the UofC, where we had 5 posters and a platform presentation. well done to everyone for all their hard work. this is the first summer where we haven’t had a last minute scramble to complete projects on time.