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Breeding and transport

Lab animals are bred in specialized and authorized farms. They're then transported to research institutes. Many mice stems are also bred within labs.

 

Lab animal breeding meets the specific requirements of research. The animals need to be healthy and exempt from contamination, even without any symptoms, they therefore need to stay in isolated units. The breeder must guarantee the genetic quality of his animals by genetic controls and monitoring filiations. The animals' physical characteristics (weight, growth, fertility) must be consistent and stable. The behaviour must be satisfying, which requires a comfortable accommodation and breeding in groups.

 

Some animals can't be bred. It's the case for example of foxes — when used to study rabies — or stray domestic animals and rats  - for the analysis of the diseases they carry. For these animals there's a collection made in agreement with regulations.

 

Animal transportation from breeding centres to research institutes is done according to the most adapted mode: road, sea or air. It's performed with respect to regulations (sanitary controls, transportation rules, animal protection, customs). The transportation induces for the animal a change of environment, group and diet. For its well being, transportation must always be as fast and in the best conditions possible.

Once at the lab, animals are accommodated in a calm place and supervised during their acclimatization phase. This allows them to recover from stress and adapt to their new environment. By the end of this phase, they can be used for a study.