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Training birds and small mammals for medical behaviors.
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PMID:  22998964     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The use of operant conditioning in a zoologic setting allows zookeepers and other animal caretakers to train birds and small mammals to participate willingly in medical procedures. By using operant conditioning with an emphasis on positive reinforcement, small mammals and birds can be trained to cooperate in their own medical care in many ways. This conditioning can reduce stress for animals, caretakers, and veterinarians as well as reduce the potential for animal injuries. This article includes case studies of what the author has identified as foundation behaviors, intermediate behaviors, and advanced behaviors and the methods used to train them.
Sara Mattison
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-07-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  The veterinary clinics of North America. Exotic animal practice     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1558-4232     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9815628     Medline TA:  Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  487-99     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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