New Zealand White Rabbit - CR

Crl:KBL(NZW)
Outbred
New Zealand white rabbit for research studies
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New Zealand White Rabbit - CR Details

The New Zealand white rabbit strain was obtained in 1991 by Charles River Canada (CRC) from Kitayama Labs K.K. of Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Charles River adheres to strict biosecurity practices when breeding our New Zealand White (NZW) rabbits to ensure the highest standards in health and genetics. NZW rabbits are maintained as an outbred colony, housed in HEPA-filtered barrier rooms and bred via a pair-mating system.

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The white rabbit strain is maintained under a VAF/Plus® health status that indicates that the colony has been tested for, and is free of, an extensive list of viruses and other pathogens. On a quarterly basis, animal models are evaluated using a comprehensive health monitoring program, which includes bacteriology, parasitology, and pathology, as well as serology (assessment profile). NZW rabbit colonies are also screened quarterly for Helicobacter using PCR and tested annually for infectious agents.

Coat Color
White (albino)

Strain Code
052

Ideal For
General multipurpose model

New Zealand White Rabbit Canada Growth Chart

US Pricing*

Canadian Pricing*
 

*This pricing is subject to our General Terms & Conditions of Sale.

New Zealand White Rabbit - CR Details

The New Zealand white rabbit strain was obtained in 1991 by Charles River Canada (CRC) from Kitayama Labs K.K. of Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Charles River adheres to strict biosecurity practices when breeding our New Zealand White (NZW) rabbits to ensure the highest standards in health and genetics. NZW rabbits are maintained as an outbred colony, housed in HEPA-filtered barrier rooms and bred via a pair-mating system.

Charles River Guidebook Series for colony management, genetics, diagnostics for research animals

Download the Charles River Guidebook Series

Our popular Guidebook Series has gone digital! Receive essential guidance on everything from colony management to genetic testing, health surveillance, clinical signs and more.

Download Now


The white rabbit strain is maintained under a VAF/Plus® health status that indicates that the colony has been tested for, and is free of, an extensive list of viruses and other pathogens. On a quarterly basis, animal models are evaluated using a comprehensive health monitoring program, which includes bacteriology, parasitology, and pathology, as well as serology (assessment profile). NZW rabbit colonies are also screened quarterly for Helicobacter using PCR and tested annually for infectious agents.

Coat Color
White (albino)

Strain Code
052

Ideal For
General multipurpose model

New Zealand White Rabbit France Growth Chart

Growth chart data should be used as a guideline only.
The shaded areas on each chart are the mean weight plus or minus one standard deviation at a given age averaged across all production facilities. This represents approximately 67% of the population, with the remaining 33% falling outside of this weight range.

Technical Resources

 

Frequently Asked Questions About New Zealand White Rabbits

  • How can I try out an NZW rabbit model before purchasing?

    Selecting the appropriate animal model is critical to the success of your research. Our Animal Model Evaluation Program allows researchers to assess the quality and compatibility of our mouse models before making a commitment.

  • In what types of studies are white rabbit strains used?

    New Zealand White Rabbits are often used by researchers working in antibody production and conducting behavioral, ophthalmology, pharmacology, toxicology, cardiovascular, immunology, and oncology, studies. This model is also used in general studies.

  • What is Charles River's Rabbit Enrichment Program?

    Our Rabbit Enrichment Program is designed to socialize New Zealand white rabbits and improve their behavior. While the breed is know for being highly social by nature, we take steps to ensure adequate social stimulation and environmental modifications. Beneficial measures of the program include:

    • Group housing
    • Playing room music for eight hours per day
    • Handling each animal weekly for a minimum of amount of time
    • Using flat (perforated) cage bottoms
    • Supplying dumbbells and chains for cage enrichment
    • Providing resting pads as needed