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Last Updated 6 August 2013

  1. Table of Approved Vendors for Rabbits and Rodents

    SPECIES

    VENDOR

    Mice and Rats

    Taconic

     

    Harlan

     

    Charles River

     

    Charles River, France

     

    Jackson Laboratories

     

    MMRRC (Mutant Mouse Regional Resource Center)

     

    RRRC (Rat Regional Resource Center)

     

    NIH / NCI Repository

     

    KOMP (Knock Out Mouse Project)

     

     

    Hamsters

    Charles River

     

     

    Gerbils

    Charles River

     

     

    Guinea Pigs

    Charles River

     

    Harlan

     

    Elm Hill Breeding labs (including Cady Ridge)

     

     

    Rabbits

    Charles River

     

    Harlan

     

    Covance

     

     

    Cotton Rats

    Sygmovir

  2. ULAM Requirements for Rabbit and Rodent Vendors

    1. Mice and Rats:
      1. Contact the ULAM Rodent Health Surveillance Team for information (ULAM-RHST@med.umich.edu)
    2. Hamsters entering UM animal facilities should be free of:
      1. Sendai virus
      2. Pneumonia virus of mice (PVM)
      3. Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCM),
      4. Clostridium piliforme (Tyzzer's Disease)
      5. Salmonella spp.
      6. Lawsonia intracellularis
      7. Endo and ectoparasites (including Rodentolepis nana, Enteric coccidian, mites and lice)
    3. Gerbils entering UM animal facilities should be free of:
      1. Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCM)
      2. Clostridium piliforme (Tyzzer's Disease)
      3. Salmonella
      4. Endo and Ectoparasites (including Rodentolepis nana )
    4. Guinea Pigs entering UM animal facilities should be free of:
      1. Sendai virus
      2. Pneumonia virus of mice (PVM)
      3. Encephalitozoon cuniculi
      4. Simian virus 5
      5. Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCM)
      6. Tyzzer's, Guinea Pig Cytomegalovirus (GPCMV)
      7. Clostridium piliforme (Tyzzer's Disease)
      8. Bordetella bronchiseptica
      9. Streptococcus spp.
      10. Salmonella spp.
      11. Endo and ectoparasites
    5. Rabbits entering UM animal facilities should be free of:
      1. Pasturella multocida
      2. Salmonella spp.
      3. Clostridim piliforme (Tyzzer's disease)
      4. Encephalitozoon cuniculi
      5. Treponema paraluis-cuniculi
      6. Endo and ectoparasites including: Enteric and hepatic coccidian, mites and lice (including Cheyletiella and Psoroptes)
  3. Surveillance Standards

    1. Vendors must have a minimum of annual testing of representative colony animals or sentinels for the agents listed above.
    2. Approved rodent vendors routinely issue health surveillance reports to the ULAM business office. In the event of notification of a positive status of an exclusion pathogen, office staff members responsible for animal purchasing will notify the ULAM veterinarian in charge of rodent health surveillance. Any pending shipments of the same species from that vendor will be cancelled. The veterinarian in charge of rodent health surveillance will follow up with the vendor and determine if any further diagnostics are required for associated animals at the University of Michigan recently obtained from the vendor.
  4. Conditionally Approved Vendors

    1. In some cases, vendors may be conditionally approved that do not meet the surveillance standards listed above. This is only acceptable for acute studies (e.g., Kuiper rabbits for tissue collection soon after arrival).
    2. Researchers interested in ordering from these vendors must get approval from the faculty veterinarian assigned to the area that the animals would be housed in before placing any orders.
  5. Administrative Processes

    1. USDA regulated species (all of above except mice in genus Mus and rats in genus Rattus) All vendors should be USDA licensed.
    2. Obtaining rodents from non-approved vendors: Requests for rats and mice from non-approved vendors should be directed to the ULAM Rodent Health Surveillance Team
    3. Obtaining USDA species from non-approved vendors: Requests for hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and rabbits from non-approved vendors should be directed to the veterinary faculty for evaluation of the animal source
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