Educational Resources and Support

Education and knowledge acquisition are key to continuing personal development for any area of speciality, including in vivo research. In the tabs below please find support materials designed to assist and inform the laboratory animal science community. Are you looking for regulatory training or continuing professional development courses? Learn more or view our course calendar.

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2020 Short Course – Free, Virtual, and Global

The Short Course is designed to inform the biomedical research community of current trends and technological advances in the field of laboratory animal science. We look forward to offering you a variety of thought-provoking presentations. The 2020 Short Course will be offered in an on-demand, online format that allows you to continue your professional growth at your own pace.

In order to best support to our clients during this extraordinary time, we are offering the Short Course for free.


Seminar Topics

Our Research Model Specialist team can provide educational seminars at your institution (live or virtual) for no cost, on a variety of topics including:

•   Genetic Drift – What It Is and How to Minimise Its Impact on Your Research
•   Key Differences among B6 Substrains and the Research Impact
•   The Basics of Mouse Nomenclature
•   Comparing Immunodeficient Mice for Cancer Research
•   Essential Tips for New Mouse Researchers

For further information including a complete list of topics, and/or to book a seminar, contact [email protected].


Charles River currently has two laboratory animal guidebooks available in digital format. These guidebooks are free to download and may be used by laboratory professionals to learn about best practices in infection surveillance of rodents and colony management of mice and rats.

Guidebook: Modern Strategies for Infection Surveillance
Guidebook: Mouse and Rat Colony Management 



Considerations for Obtaining Genetically Engineered Rodent Models
Research utilizing new rodent models of human disease is evolving at an incredible pace. How you obtain these models is an important consideration for your research, experimental reproducibility and scientific conclusions.


Making Sure You Have the Resources to Support Your Research Programs
If you are a director or manager of an animal facility, chances are you are responsible for both regulatory compliance and operational efficiencies. How do you manage maintaining your research goals while focusing on the day-to-day functions of the facility?

Gary and Roxanne: Looking for a Better Health Monitoring Methodology
This is a story about two managers at a research animal facility who are responsible for the health monitoring program. Traditional sentinel bedding testing is messy and expensive and the results are not always reliable. Is it their only option?


Understanding Genetic Drift
An inbred mouse strain will naturally diverge into a genetically distinct substrain if its breeding colony is separated from the parental breeding colony for more than 20 generations.



ALZET® Osmotic Pumps
Learn more about the technology, benefits, and applications of ALZET® Osmotic Pumps.

Have questions surrounding the JumpStart™ programme?

Please contact your account manager, or email us at: [email protected].