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The ARC recently updated the Environmental Enrichment and Social Housing policies to describe provision of additional enrichment for animals that cannot be socially housed. Both policies account for cases in which enrichment is withheld for scientific reasons, as documented in the approved protocol. The Environmental Enrichment policy further clarifies that when provided, additional enrichment will be identical to that provided under group-housed conditions.

We encourage you to review and discuss this policy with your research team. All ARC policies are available on the ARC website.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at 310-206-6308 or arc@research.ucla.edu if you have any questions.