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COVID-19 PPE requirements

Standard PPE Isolation gown Surgical face mask  Shoe covers or disinfection foot mat (alternative) Nitrile gloves (required for any animal/cage manipulations) CL2 Procedures N95 respirator Chemical Hazards Eye protection

Research restart and recovery: looking ahead

It is safe to say that COVID-19 has forever changed the workplace and how we go about the day-to-day activities in the vivarium. The past several months have led to many changes within the vivarium and it’s important to note that while research has restarted, the return does not mean business as usual. Decreased staff … Read More

SOP Refresher: Decontaminating aquatics spaces

Cleaning is defined as the process of making free from dirt, foreign, and extraneous matter, whereas disinfection is the process of freeing from infection specifically by destroying harmful microorganisms.  Appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures in fish laboratories are crucial in preventing the spread of aquatic animal pathogens and minimizing the build-up of waste products and … Read More

The growing impact of zebrafish in biomedical research

The zebrafish (Danio rerio) is a tropical freshwater fish belonging to the minnow and carp family. It is native to South Asia, often found swimming in the rivers of northern India, Nepal, Bhutan, and northern Pakistan. The zebrafish has gained popularity over the past decade for their adaptability and mammal-like organs, cell types and brain … Read More

10 tips for starting your breeding program

Starting a breeding program can seem overwhelming if one is not properly prepared. Here are ten important things to consider before expanding your colony:  1. Have a plan  Before breeding, make sure you know which strain you want, the genotypes you want to produce, the number of mice you will need for both experimentation and … Read More