Carus (Latin for ‘caring’) is the name of the research facility of the Department of Animal Sciences, part of Wageningen University. The primary focus of Carus is to assist researchers and students in fulfilling their obligation to plan and conduct animal research in accordance with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.
The objectives of Carus are upheld through the development and maintenance of a comprehensive, high quality animal care and housing facility, where the welfare of animals is the main priority. All research projects are thereby fully accredited by the Animal Experiments Committee (DEC).
Carus is suitable for fundamental research, is small-scaled and high-tech, operates within a specialized research-orientated segment of the market and is thus very unique. The facility provides high-tech research equipment such as climate respiration chambers, high speed cameras and adaptable rooms, as well as providing accommodation for a wide range of animals (from fish to companion animals to cows).
Research at Carus is conducted in the fields of sustainable animal husbandry, behaviour and welfare, biology and aquaculture. As such, Carus is important to the improvement of the quality of life and health of animals. For educational purposes, Carus supports education projects from different study programs at BSc, MSc and PhD level. At Carus students will get acquainted with different animal species within themes such as reproduction, adaptation, nutrition and mindful husbandry.