Collaboration between laboratories is a key component to the success of scientific endeavors. Collaborations that require sharing laboratory mice and rats are often delayed or curtailed due to inconsistent health testing methods and standards that prevent the timely exchange of animals between labs. Taconics new International Health Monitoring System™ (IHMS™) will open the door for scientists to share animal models throughout the world.
The IHMS™ system of test panels performed at regular intervals is based on Europes Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) recommendations plus Taconics 50 years of animal breeding experience. IHMS™ includes five test panels covering a comprehensive list of agents that meets or exceeds the animal health testing guidelines used by virtually all research institutions. Use of the IHMS™ test panels will give you the accurate and comprehensive health data that you need for worldwide distribution of your valuable mice and rats.
IHMS™ was implemented on January 1, 2004. Improvements are implemented yearly on January 1. A review of the summary of the changes in the health monitoring system and health reports for 2006 IHMS™ improvements and 2007 IHMS™ improvements.
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The Scientist, reported on Taconic's introduction of the International Health Monitoring System: in the February 2, 2004 issue, The Scientist reported, "The new system features a comprehensive list of microbiological agents and test frequencies for each, as well as a unified reporting format. It was designed to detect viruses, bacteria, and parasites known to infect rodents, but also to screen for new pathogens and newly aggressive strains of older ones." Article details: Crane, Margaret, "Mice Without Borders, Taconic Introduces New International Animal Health-monitoring System," The Scientist, Vol. 18, No. 2:37, February 2004.
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