Quality, First and Foremost

Sophisticated and complex biomedical research efforts demand lab animals that meet the precise needs of each study. Therefore, associated breeding, testing, and protocol administration services must be performed appropriately in order to provide animals of high genetic quality. Across the company, Taconic demonstrates our commitment to meeting these requirements.

Animal Health

At Taconic, quality starts with the production of lab rodents that meet our clients' specifications and are free of pathogens and unwanted organisms. Our health monitoring processes assure that you receive animals of the highest definition and integrity.

Every animal produced by Taconic is tested using the International Health Monitoring System™ (IHMS™), which meets or exceeds the guidelines used by virtually all research institutions worldwide. IHMS™ testing ensures that you consistently obtain the quality materials your research requires eliminating costly delays. Testing results are reviewed by our veterinary staff before release to our clients.

Animal Genetics

Genetic monitoring is key to quality control of the breeding and production of inbred and transgenic lines of laboratory mice and rats. Taconic has established numerous production procedures that minimize the risk of genetic contamination. Our Genetic Monitoring Program is grounded in the identification of points in the production program where there is a higher risk of an undetected accidental mating or strain misidentification. By focusing genetic screening methods such as SNP Analysis on these critical high-risk points, while scrutinizing quality control throughout, a genetic monitoring program can prevent a single mistake from becoming catastrophic.

Taconic's overall Genetic Monitoring Program is based on a combination of three strategies. Visual characteristics of strains (most notably, coat color). Production procedures that minimize co-localization and/or movement of strains of similar colors and that promote careful record keeping and strain segregation. Standard operating procedures that outline DNA-based marker and/or protein testing of animals at specific, defined, potential risk points in the production process.

Qualified, Trained Staff

Taconic commitment to quality is further evidenced in the investment and value placed on employee training and development. All Animal Care Technicians attend training in Standard Operating Procedures covering all aspects of animal husbandry and undergo extensive genetics training. Additionally, U.S. Animal Care Technicians may also pursue certification by the highly respected AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science). European Animal Care technicians complete the authority-certified education as noted in European Directive 2010/63/EU and as required by Danish and German regulations, which includes a combination of theoretical and practical training.

Advanced Facilities

Our unique facility barrier systems significantly reduce the risk of colony contamination, while automated systems monitor temperature, humidity, and other variables 24/7. Taconic barrier systems include Isolated Barrier Units™ (IBUs™), Multiple Barrier Units (MBUs), and European Barrier Units (EBUs) for Murine Pathogen Free™ Restricted Flora, and Excluded Flora animals and gnotobiotic isolators for Germ-Free and Defined Flora animals.