|Predominantly sentinel-based health testing comprised of virus detection, full bacteriology, and parasitology. Core testing occurs in ALL Taconic production locations. Agents are typically tested quarterly in gnotobiotic isolators (GF/DF standards) and IVC locations (some RF, OF and EF colonies) or monthly (static cage RF, OF, EF colonies), but this varies by agent. Click for full details on test method and frequency.
||Monthly culture-based screening to detect non-tolerated opportunists at the RF, OF and EF standards (aerobic culture). Click for full details on agents tested and test methods.
||Additional cage level testing of line animals via PCR in locations using IVC housing. This added screening uses a different test methodology from the core testing program to enhance the overall detectability of key agents and is designed to address the challenge of animal health monitoring in IVCs. Click for full details on agents tested and frequency.
||Screening of the exhaust air from IVC cages to provide a snapshot of all cages on a rack. This method is particularly well suited to detection of certain agents. Click for full details on agents tested and frequency.
||Culture-based screening to detect bacterial and fungal contamination of gnotobiotic isolators (aerobic and anaerobic culture). Click for full details on test method and frequency.
||16S PCR screening in Germ Free isolators to detect bacterial RNA. Testing is performed on pooled fecal samples from each isolator on a monthly basis.