Addressing the Current Challenges of Transporting Laboratory Rodents

Transporting lab animals has become more complex in a world where research efforts often span multiple countries with disparate regulatory requirements and supply chain constraints have become the norm. In this article in Lab Animal, Dr. Mila Kundu, director, animal welfare and compliance at Taconic Biosciences, reviews the global trends that make lab animal transportation more complicated today and provides best practices designed to keep animals safe, reduce risks, and ensure compliance across borders:

image of a transport cage"Laboratory rodent breeders are dedicated to ensuring the biomedical research community receives healthy, high-quality animals, with experienced caretakers who can proactively identify issues that would prevent an animal from being shipped. But once those lab animals leave an accredited breeding facility, that doesn't mean the model provider washes its hands of this responsibility. In an environment where supply chain disruptions have become the norm, the proper transportation of lab rodents requires a comprehensive approach that ensures safe delivery of healthy animals."
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