Laboratory Animal Diagnostics
Our research animal diagnostic services are built on a foundation of contamination prevention measures, effective pathogen detection, and scientific and technical proficiency. Our animal diagnostic laboratory delivers sensitive and specific testing to screen your animal facility, research biologics, and different species of animal models.
Research Animal Diagnostic Services
- Health Monitoring Methods
Animal Health Monitoring
Maintaining healthy animals is crucial to protecting the integrity of your research. Together, we can design a health monitoring program that is customized for your facility and provide the appropriate testing services to help you identify potential health threats within your laboratory animal colonies.
Cell Line/Research Biologics Screening
Research biologics of rodent or human origin are often introduced into research animals as part of an investigative procedure. Screening should be performed to confirm that biologics are free of infectious agents and that they originate from the specified host species.
Genetic Testing Services
Ensure the genetic integrity of your transgenic colonies by using a properly managed genetic testing program. Our geneticists can work with you to provide scientific guidance and consultation in colony management and complex breeding strategies.
Our research animal diagnostic services incorporate MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry analysis for screening bacterial species that are primary pathogens. Screening services are available for multiple species.
With a complete diagnostic microbiome services portfolio, we offer multiple robust microbiome screening and analysis options that help ensure and maintain the germ-free health status of your model colonies.
Our research animal diagnostic services offer multiple screening methods for the detection of parasites in rodent, rabbit, and other large animal colonies.
Our pathology research animal diagnostic services range from routine diagnostic assessment to pathology support as part of your in-house research studies.
PCR Infectious Agent Testing
We offer TaqMan® PCR testing to identify viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic agents in your animal colonies.
Serology Testing and Reagents
Our research animal diagnostic services staff will help you set up a serology testing program, train your staff, and provide serology reagents for infectious agent testing.
Laboratory Testing Management (LTM™)
Our online data management platform, Laboratory Testing Management® (LTM™), allows clients to manage workflow, track order status, and review results with ease. This secure, web-based portal provides users with 24/7 access to create orders, print forms, and perform other administrative tasks. An easy-to-use dashboard allows them to see snapshot of past, current and future orders, common requests and alerts.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Research Animal Diagnostic Services
How can I submit samples to Charles River?
Laboratory Testing Management® (LTM™) allows customers to generate submission forms electronically as well as schedule samples for submission. Complimentary sample shipping supplies are available for all our research animal diagnostic services. By using LTM™ Ship, customers receive free shipping on diagnostic and genetic testing samples (excluding live animals) in the continental United States.
What can research animal diagnostic services do for my facility?
Charles River's research animal diagnostic services program is built on a foundation of contamination prevention measures, effective pathogen detection, and scientific and technical proficiency to help vivarium managers design and maintain a clean and secure facility.
How can I prevent contamination in my animal facility?
Workflow, facility design, and a thorough animal health surveillance program can help prevent and eliminate health variables that could impact studies. Our team can work with you to develop and implement a quality control program.
- What diagnostic services are available to help me identify pathogens?
How can I resolve a biosecurity breach at my facility?
How can I resolve a biosecurity breach at my facility? Our research animal diagnostic services provides a multi-step approach to help minimize costs, disruptions, and loss of research. We help identify the source, develop a plan on recovering research animals, outline preventative measures for the future, and formulate a training program to meet research needs.
We offer the following services to help with biosecurity: