Investigation of the sleep electrocorticogram of the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) using radiotelemetry

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of a totally implantable radiotelemetry system for recording the sleep electrocorticogram (ECoG) of a small new world primate, the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) without restraint during data collection. METHODS: Under anaesthesia a telemetry transmitter, which allowed the recording of a single ECoG channel, was implanted intraperitoneally. This system allowed ECoG […]

Social stress induces high intensity sleep in rats

We studied the effect of social stress on sleep electroencephalogram (EEG) in rats. Animals were subjected to a single social defeat by introducing them in the cage of an aggressive male conspecific for 1 h. The animals responded to the social conflict by a sharp increase in EEG slow-wave activity (SWA) during non-rapid eye movement […]

Behavioural, brain and cardiac responses to hypobaric hypoxia in broiler chickens

A novel approach to pre-slaughter stunning of chickens has been developed in which birds are rendered unconscious by progressive hypobaric hypoxia. Termed Low Atmospheric Pressure Stunning (LAPS), this approach involves application of gradual decompression lasting 280 s according to a prescribed curve. We examined responses to LAPS by recording behaviour, electroencephalogram (EEG) and electrocardiogram (ECG) […]

Automated detection and characterisation of rumination in sheep using in vivo electrophysiology

Rumination is a precisely timed process that occupies a large part of a sheep’s day. The complex motor coordination required to chew and swallow means that quantification of rumination may provide a surrogate marker for effective motor function. Here, data from 24 h in vivo electrophysiological recordings, collected as part of an earlier study, were […]

Evaluation of the efficacy of a non-penetrating captive bolt to euthanase neonatal goats up to 48 hours of age

Manual blunt force trauma is a common method of euthanasia or culling of goat kids, however it is difficult to apply consistently and may vary in effectiveness. Therefore, a controlled mechanical method is needed. The overall objective of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of a non-penetrating captive bolt (NPCB) to euthanase goats (Capra […]