Animal Behaviour Core

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Phenotyping of mouse behaviour

Areas of expertise

Located at the University of Ottawa within the Animal Care Vivarium at Roger Guindon Hall, this state-of-the-art facility has been equipped to serve as a time-efficient resource for researchers in need of mouse behavioural analyses. Our equipment enables a full battery of assays relevant to learning and memory, social behaviour, sensory gating and motor function, as well as anxiety and depression. Services are available in designing, training, executing, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data resulting from use of our facilities. 

Research services

Behaviour tests and analysis thereof:

Adhesive removal, Acoustic startle response, Barnes maze, Beam break, Conditioned avoidance, Contextual fear conditioning, Contextual fear discrimination, Cylinder, Elevated plus maze, Fear conditioning, Grip strength, Light-dark test, Morris water maze, Novel object recognition, Novelty suppressed feeding, Object recognition, Olfactory testing, Open field, Passive avoidance, Pole test, Porsolt forced swim, Prepulse inhibition test, Radial maze, Rotarod, Rotational behaviour, Running wheels, Social defeat, Social interaction, Staircase, Sucrose preference, Tail suspension, Treadmill, T-maze, Ultrasonic vocalization, Y-maze

Sectors of application
  • Education
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment



Ethovision XT

Video-tracking software used for various behavioural tests

Cognitive (learning/memory) tests

Barnes maze, conditioned avoidance, contextual fear conditioning, contextual fear discrimination, fear conditioning, Morris water maze, novel object recognition, passive avoidance, radial arm maze, T-maze, Y-maze

Depression/anxiety tests

Elevated plus maze, light-dark boxes, novelty suppressed feeding, open field, Porsolt forced swim, sucrose preference, tail suspension

Motor/sensorimotor tests

Adhesive removal, beam break, cylinder, grip strength, home-cage locomotor activity, pole test, rotarod, rotational behaviour, staircase, treadmill, wireless running wheels

Olfactory tests

Buried food, habituation-dishabituation, odour discrimination, odour preference

Social tests

Social interaction (adult and juvenile), social defeat, sociability cage, ultrasonic vocalization

Startle tests

Acoustic startle response, prepulse inhibition test

  • University of Ottawa
  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
  • Institute of Mental Health Research
  • Neuroscience Research Institute