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Exploring the role of animal technologists in implementing the 3Rs: an ethnographic investigation of the UK university sector

Exploring the role of animal technologists in implementing the 3Rs: an ethnographic investigation of the UK university sector
Exploring the role of animal technologists in implementing the 3Rs: an ethnographic investigation of the UK university sector
The biomedical industry relies on the skills of Animal Technologists(ATs) to put laboratory animal welfare into practice. This is the first study to explore how this is achieved in relation to their participation in implementing refinement and reduction, two of the three key guiding ethical principles––the “3Rs”––of what is deemed to be humane animal experimentation. The interpretative approach contributes to emerging work within the social sciences and humanities exploring care and ethics in practice. Based on qualitative analysis of participant observation within animal research facilities in UK universities, in-depth interviews with Animal Technologists, facility managers and other stakeholders, and analysis of regulatory guidelines, we draw a contrast between the minimum required of ATs by law and how their care work not only meets, but often exceeds these requirements. We outline how ATs constitute a key source of innovation and insight into the refinement of animal care and the reduction of animal use, hitherto not formally acknowledged. Exploring AT care work as an example of ethics in practice makes an original contribution to broader debates within healthcare and animal welfare about how technology, regulation and behavior can foster and sustain a culture of care.

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Greenhough, Beth
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Roe, Emma
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Greenhough, Beth
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Roe, Emma
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Greenhough, Beth and Roe, Emma (2018) Exploring the role of animal technologists in implementing the 3Rs: an ethnographic investigation of the UK university sector. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 43 (4), 694-722. (doi:10.1177/0162243917718066).

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The biomedical industry relies on the skills of Animal Technologists(ATs) to put laboratory animal welfare into practice. This is the first study to explore how this is achieved in relation to their participation in implementing refinement and reduction, two of the three key guiding ethical principles––the “3Rs”––of what is deemed to be humane animal experimentation. The interpretative approach contributes to emerging work within the social sciences and humanities exploring care and ethics in practice. Based on qualitative analysis of participant observation within animal research facilities in UK universities, in-depth interviews with Animal Technologists, facility managers and other stakeholders, and analysis of regulatory guidelines, we draw a contrast between the minimum required of ATs by law and how their care work not only meets, but often exceeds these requirements. We outline how ATs constitute a key source of innovation and insight into the refinement of animal care and the reduction of animal use, hitherto not formally acknowledged. Exploring AT care work as an example of ethics in practice makes an original contribution to broader debates within healthcare and animal welfare about how technology, regulation and behavior can foster and sustain a culture of care.

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Submitted date: 2017
Accepted/In Press date: 3 June 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 10 August 2017
Published date: July 2018
Organisations: Economy, Governance & Culture, Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute

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Local EPrints ID: 411205
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/411205
PURE UUID: 5f83fc47-3ece-441e-80b4-4313a4f7b54f
ORCID for Emma Roe: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4674-2133

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Date deposited: 15 Jun 2017 16:31
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 06:06

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