Research Facility 'Carus'
Wageningen University & Research conducts studies that benefit animals in the Carus animal research facility. Among other things, we study animal behaviour and the interaction between humans and their pets, dogs, for example. We investigate how we may improve the welfare of farm animals such as cows and pigs, and we search for the best animal feed, ranging from cat food to feed for chickens and fish.
The research in the Caris facility contributes significantly to improving animal health and quality of life. Moreover, we contribute to safe, healthy and good food, for animals and for humans.
In the research, animals can act as models for themselves, for example, in studies on animal digestion. Sometimes the animal serves as a model for humans. Mice, for example, are occasionally needed for research on human diseases.
Observing animal behaviour
Measuring energy metabolism
In all our research with animals, respect for the animal and their welfare comes first. At Carus, we do everything we can to take the best possible care of the animals. A well cared for animal is essential to detect changes in welfare as quickly as possible.
Research at Carus is conducted in the fields of sustainable animal husbandry, behaviour and welfare, biology and aquaculture.
For educational purposes, Carus supports projects from different study programs at BSc, MSc and PhD level.