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The 2018 JWI Award Results




1st Place

The Nombrero Feeder


Vanessa Jenkins – Plymouth University

Twitter Poll – 6 Votes
Website Poll – 234 Votes
IAT Congress – 60 Votes

Total – 300 Votes



The Numbrero contains wet food and will hang from the cage top so that it doesn’t tip over.
The shallow bowl part is designed to contain the wet food so that it does not come into contact with the cage
bedding but will still be easily accessible to the mice improving and refining the animals welfare standards.

The Nombrero aims to-

  • Provide clean and accessible wet food
  • Improve and refine welfare standards
  • Reduce costs from wet bedding replacement
  • Create an additional mobile platform/ refuge
  • Autoclavable
  • Stackable design perfect for storage and postage



2nd Place

Lily Pad Floaters/Aqua Image


Victoria Preston – University of Liverpool

Twitter Poll – 7 Votes
Website Poll – 194 Votes
IAT Congress – 21 Votes

Total – 222 Votes



The Lily Pad shaped discs will float on the water’s surface to mimic a natural environment
providing places to shelter/hide and stimulating and encourage interaction with their environment.

The Aqua Image will be an insert that is shaped to fit inside the bottom of zebra fish tanks,
printed with pebble/sand/plant image to prevent light entering the tank from beneath and providing a naturalistic environment.



3rd Place

The Mouse Spinning Wheel


Marc Curtis – UCL Institute Ophthalmology

Twitter Poll – 5 Votes
Website Poll – 128 Votes
IAT Congress – 24 Votes

Total – 157 Votes



The Mouse Spinning Wheel is a polycarbonate running wheel for mice, it will be easily attachable
and detachable to IVC and conventional cages. This wheel offers good enrichment and is free standing
from the cage surface giving the mice more space to move throughout their cage. It would suit mice of all ages.