Maximum reproducibility of study data in today's sophisticated biomedical research programs requires using laboratory rats and mice free of pathogenic organisms. Taconic’s commitment to an extensive health monitoring system is a key component of our comprehensive quality control program. We appreciate that customer evaluation of Taconic animals is dependent not only on the review of our health reports, but also on an understanding of the husbandry practices for testing and the methodology and frequency of the testing.
Taconic employs the International Health Monitoring System (IHMS) which combines the longstanding Taconic standard with the revisions to the recommendation of the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA). The IHMS is defined by a comprehensive list of microbiological agents, test frequencies and test methods.
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