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Basic Assessment
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Title
Introduction
Contents
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Body Condition
Body Shape
Posture
Fur & Feathers
Facial Expression
Skin
Mucous Membranes
Eyes
Ears
Nose
Mouth
Tail
Perineum
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Glossary
References
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Acknowledgements
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DEFRA
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Body Condition (1 of 5)


As a general rule, laboratory animals should be “fit not fat”.

With most animals, ribs and vertebrae should be palpable but well covered with muscle.

Ullman-Cullere and Foltz (1999) describe a technique for body condition scoring mice.

A scheme describing how to determine whether a farm animal’s body condition is satisfactory is published by Defra.

A canine body condition scoring scheme is published by Purina.

  
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