Lab Rat Chat

22. Rat Tickling?!

June 22, 2021 Season 1 Episode 22
Lab Rat Chat
22. Rat Tickling?!
Show Notes

Lab Rat Chat - Episode 22 with Dr. Megan LaFollette, an animal behavior & welfare scientist, researcher, & project manager

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In this episode of Lab Rat Chat, we have a special co-host, Dr. Logan France, who will fill in for Danielle for a few episodes, tune in to the episode for more details.  In this episode, Logan and Jeff chat with Megan Lafollette, an animal behavior and welfare scientist who has conducted lots of incredible research investigating ways to improve the lives of animals (and people).  She advances science, innovation, and research animal welfare with The North American 3Rs Collaborative where they are passionate about refining, reducing, and replacing animals in research.   Megan is also a part of the 3 Minute 3 Rs podcast within her role with The North American 3Rs Collaborative, along with NC3Rs and Lab Animal.   We encourage all our listeners to check out Megan's webpage below and to explore the many exciting initiatives being undertaken by The North American 3Rs Collaborative.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Dr. LaFollette's background and how she became involved in animal behavior and welfare
  • The critical aspect of ensuring animal welfare within biomedical research settings
  • Rat tickling, how and why to do it, and how we know it's so beneficial to the rats
  • The mission of The North American 3Rs Collaborative and details regarding many of their exciting initiatives
  • The 3 Minute 3Rs Podcast and why you need to listen - they're only 3-5 minutes long!

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Megan R. LaFollette - Megan LaFollette (

3Rs Podcast – The North American 3Rs Collaborative (

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Americans for Medical Progress (

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