AALAS Webinar: Barbering and Ulcerative Dermatitis: Myths, Management, and Welfare

WEB-058: Barbering and ulcerative dermatitis (compulsive fur-or-whisker-pulling, and compulsive scratching-and-chewing respectively) are pervasive health and welfare concerns in laboratory mice. The management of both is hampered by many widely held myths. For instance, barbering is not a normal “dominance behavior”, and mice are just as likely to pluck their own hair as that of their cage mates. More pointedly, ulcerative dermatitis was considered essentially untreatable until recently, precisely because the behavioral cause of these characteristic skin lesions was unappreciated. In fact, both barbering and UD appear to be highly similar compulsive behaviors. This webinar will cover their underlying biology and etiology, their management and treatment, their scientific and welfare impacts, and their role as spontaneous animal models of trichotillomania and excoriation disorder respectively. AALAS CEUSs: You can apply for up to 1.5 CEUs for the Technician Certification Registry or CMAR recertification. Please use the forms on the AALAS website or online CEU submission. RACE CEs: RACE: application pending. Following the webinar, certificate templates will be sent to the individual who registered on behalf of their institution. Presenter: Dr. Joseph Garner, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Medicine, & By Courtesy, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University. Joseph Garner, DPhil, received his doctoral degree from the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, Great Britain. His postdoctoral research in animal behavior and well-being was undertaken at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Garner is currently an Associate Professor at Stanford University. His research interests include the development of refined methods in behavioral research; abnormal behaviors in animals (including barbering and ulcerative dermatitis) and their relationships with abnormal behaviors in humans; mouse well-being and enrichment; and the scientific impact of well-being problems in lab animals. His laboratory hosts the website www.mousebehavior.org, which presents the ethogram (or behavioral repertoire) of the laboratory mouse, a video library of mouse behaviors, and protocols for recording and scoring laboratory mouse behavior in the home cage.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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