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Preventive Medicine

To ensure the health status of all animals maintained in our facility, general medical surveillance procedures have been developed for each species.

For some species, quarantine is necessary to minimize the introduction of disease into established colonies. The length of the quarantine period is determined by the species and by knowledge of the animal's source and previous history, as well as by regulatory requirements. Upon arrival, all animals regardless of their source will be allowed an acclimation period of 3 to 7 days before use. This period allows the animal to recover from any potential shipping stress, adapt to its new surroundings and become physiologically stable.

A robust health monitoring program is essential in assuring the known viral and microbiological status of resident colony mice, in diagnosing and controlling outbreaks before they become clinically apparent, and to provide quality assurance. On a quarterly basis, we assess the viral and microbiological status of colony mice through our Mouse Sentinel Program.    

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding the sentinel program.

Routine health checks are performed regularly on all nonhuman primates and include: complete physical examination, blood analysis (blood count, chemistry and serology), fecal examination, throat culture, TB test, dental prphylaxis and urinalysis.

Water quality analysis is performed daily on all aquatic animal systems.