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Social housing solutions

The socialization and housing environment for your research models has a significant influence on development and demeanor–ultimately impacting your study results. The key to that success: Partnering with a supplier whose social housing solutions nurture and promote healthy, well-socialized animals.
Envigo leads the evolution of animal welfare and socialization programs with state-of-the-art methods and technologies that provide settings that foster the social development of your models. Our social housing solutions, supported by early training and expert staff, have been designed to help you accelerate and advance your studies.
Canines
The purebred beagles at our Cumberland, Virginia location develop in a dynamic social housing environment.
  • Our socialization program starts at a young age to facilitate a canine with the ideal neurological and social aspects for your study
  • Canines stay with their mothers until they are 6 to 8 weeks of age, to maximize the socialization impact on the puppy from the mother and the litter
  • After weaning, canines are moved to indoor/outdoor housing runs where they have the opportunity to socialize with the larger pack or move to a smaller group, providing an environment for continuous behavioral development 
  • Social housing continues until animals are shipped, when they are individually delivered to your site
Rabbits 
Social housing capabilities at our Denver, Pennsylvania, and Greenfield, Indiana, sites promote the compatibility and sociability of your rabbits.
  • Pairs are assessed by our trained staff for compatibility, ensuring that the right behavioral traits are developed to meet your study requirements
  • Enrichment options are provided, including toys, tunnels and hay cubes, to promote a healthy pair environment
  • Rabbits are shipped to you in their housing groups, using specially designed shipment containers that promote improved social interaction during transit, and overall health and behavior of the animal
Nonhuman primates
Social housing solutions for nonhuman primates at our Denver, Pennsylvania, and Alice, Texas, sites provide the foundation for models better prepared to meet your research requirements.
  • Enhanced enrichment and socialization opportunities have demonstrated an increase in natural animal behavior, including more play and grooming activities, and minimized stress.
  • Development of our social housing space for groups of up to 25 animals supports the natural behavior of the animals and environmental enrichment
  • Our indoor/outdoor housing design meets EU housing guidelines, with animal handling and health maintenance best practices at the foundation
  • Pairing information helps with housing placement at your site, to promote behavioral and physical well-being
  • Social housing continues until the animals are shipped, when they are individually delivered to your site
Our experienced veterinary staff oversees the dynamics of our social housing environment at our global sites. They actively engage in determining pair compatibility and observing our models’ social climate. Our veterinarians have extensive experience with social housing and are available to provide support for your social housing questions.
To further improve the socialization of your animals, we offer flexible housing options. We understand that study requirements can vary, so please contact us to discuss how we can customize our social housing solutions to meet your needs.