Veterinary Public Health Institute, Animal Welfare Division


Nicole Sutter

Master student

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Postal Address
Animal Welfare Division
Veterinary Public Health Institute
University of Bern
Länggassstrasse 120
3012 Bern

Construct validity of behavioral tests for anxiety in mice.

Before I started my career in science, I did a vocational education in economy and worked during a one-year internship for the Swiss National Accident Insurance (SUVA). Then I started to study Biology with a specialization in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Bern. For my bachelor's degree, I investigated facial expressions during conditions of positive anticipation and frustration in domestic dogs under the supervision of Dr. Stefanie Riemer and Prof. Dr. Hanno Würbel. For my master thesis, I am currently studying the construct validity of behavioral tests for anxiety in mice, where I conduct part of a systematic review about the sensitivity of mouse behavioral tests of anxiety to anxiolytic drugs. I will also examine the behavioral effects of light intensity and test duration in the light/dark box on mice.