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Trim S.,Venomtech Ltd. | Wood A.,Risk Protection Solutions Ltd. | Berry N.,Risk Protection Solutions Ltd.
Animal Technology and Welfare | Year: 2012

Working with venomous animals presents several obvious challenges but coupled with a climate of economic instability and civil unrest, you have a volatile situation. This presentation will provide insights on the unique higher-level lab and business management that were needed to evolve Venomtech Ltd into the business it is today. Health and safety is of course of paramount importance, but protecting people is only one aspect of averting disaster and truly protecting your business. It is estimated that 80% of businesses affected by a major incident close within 18 months if they did not have a contingency plan in place. By working with Risk Protection Solutions Ltd, Venomtech Ltd has adopted a proactive and wider approach to risk protection considering not only how to protect people, but also how to protect the business and avert disaster in the wider sense.


Bennie M.,Venomtech Ltd. | Loaring C.,Venomtech Ltd. | Trim S.,Venomtech Ltd.
Animal Technology and Welfare | Year: 2011

Environmental enrichment has long been recognised as an integral part of sound husbandry practice for vertebrates, but its impact on invertebrates is relatively understudied. The successful maintenance of arboreal tarantulas (theraphosids) in a laboratory environment requires an effective husbandry protocol coupled with appropriate environmental enrichment. In order to develop such a protocol, three species of tropical arboreal theraphosid were observed over a six month period and detailed husbandry records kept. To examine the effects of environmental enrichment on theraphosids, a study group of Psalmopeus cambridgei juveniles were maintained in enriched and un-enriched environments and their activity patterns monitored and behavioural data recorded. Examination of this data revealed that spiders maintained in un-enriched enclosures were more aggressive and exhibited a much stronger flight response than their counterparts. These negative behaviours were a sharp disparity between the positive behaviours exhibited by the enriched spiders which subsequently fared better in the captive laboratory environment.


Reed S.,Venomtech Ltd. | Lock M.,Venomtech Ltd. | Trim S.,Venomtech Ltd.
Animal Technology and Welfare | Year: 2011

Safe animal management is key to any facility; this is especially true of those housing animals of significant medical importance. Procedures detailed here demonstrate how dangerous arachnids including scorpions (Family Buthidae), wandering spiders (Family Ctenidae), recluse spiders (Family Sicariidae) and the Theridiidae family containing the widow spiders can be safely managed in the laboratory environment. This dramatically reduces the risk of envenomation during husbandry and experimental procedures. Risks are reduced with modified enclosures that allow separation from the animals during most husbandry procedures and use of anaesthesia where contact is inevitable. The equipment and techniques presented here thus allow for greatly improved safety when working with dangerous invertebrates.

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