Watering of laboratory animals. Technical features, sanitary and hygiene wellbeing

Original article

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DOI: 10.29296/2618723X-2022-02-08

E.D. Bondareva*, Head of the Biosafety Group, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7170-9717
M.A. Akimova, chief livestock specialist, https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8643-3613
E.V. Vesnina, livestock specialist, https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4876-1397

Research-and-manufacturing company «HOME OF PHARMACY»,
188663, Russia, Leningrad oblast, Vsevolozhskiy district, Kuzmolovskiy t.s., Zavodskaya st. 3–245, room 4.34

* e-mail: [email protected]

Keywords: laboratory animals watering vivarium biomedical research


The study was performed without external funding.

For citation:

Bondareva E.D. , Akimova M.A., Vesnina E.V. Watering of laboratory animals. Technical features, sanitary and hygiene wellbeing. Laboratory Animals for Science. 2022; 2. https://doi.org/10.29296/2618723X-2022-02-08


The article presents the experience of using various watering systems for laboratory animals. The methods of watering are considered taking into account the species-specific and social characteristics of animals.

Granular feeds may not always meet all the requirements for essential trace elements. If any component is found to be missing, the feed must be changed or you should consider adding the missing component to the drinking water.

Adding water-soluble ingredients to drinking water will help keep animals healthy, such as vitamin C, which guinea pigs need. However, vitamin C is rapidly destroyed by light, heat, and moisture. Therefore, laboratory guinea pigs will require dark glass drinkers, or a correct dose calculation, taking into account the rate of destruction of vitamin C.

Equipment used for watering animals must be safe for their health. Most animal drinkers are made of the cheapest material — plastic, in particular polycarbonate. For the production of polycarbonate, bisphenol A (BPA) is widely used, which can be released from dishes into the food and water that is stored  in it.

In our experience, glass is the most acceptable material for use in animal drinkers. Glass drinkers are easy to clean and disinfect, having a smooth surface, biological, chemical and other contaminations do not linger on the surfaces of the drinkers. Due to transparency, the contamination of drinking bowls and water is easily monitored visually.

Of great importance are the methods of disinfection of all elements of the drinking system and the materials from which it is made. Any change in the composition and quality of drinking water may affect the health of laboratory animals and the results of experiments.

However, it is worth remembering that drinkers made of glass are heavier than drinkers made of plastic, which must be taken into account when developing standards for lifting and moving weights for personnel. Employees who work with glass drinkers must observe safety precautions when working with glass.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Authors contribution

E.D. Bondareva — concept, supervised the project, worked out the technical details for the suggested experiment, analysis of literature, writing of the text.
M.A. Akimova — data analysis, editing of the text.
E.V. Vesnina — literary data collection, data analysis, supervised the findings of this work.


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Received: 2022-01-28
Reviewed: 2022-03-10
Accepted for publication: 2022-03-21

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