What animals are used for making antibodies?

The five most common animals used for antibody production are: rabbits, mice, rats, hamsters and guinea pigs. When large volumes of sera are required, goats, sheep, and donkeys can be used. Mice are the most common choice for monoclonal antibodies and rabbits are the best choice for polyclonal sera. Rats are used when the antigen is a mouse protein.

What are ImmunoPrecise’s accreditations to work with laboratory animals?

ImmunoPrecise Antibodies (IPA) is recognized as a compliant member by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), USA. In accreditation with The Public Health Service of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) , an agency of the HHS, IPA has been awarded a 5-year Animal Welfare Assurance Number and has been issued a Statement of Compliance (Assurance) with Standards for Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

IPA is a member of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC). The CCAC has certified IPA with a GAP (Good Animal Practice) certificate after inspection and assessment of the facility. The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) program is based on guidelines and policies which give clear direction to institutional animal care and use programs. IPA’s voluntary membership in the CCAC demonstrates our desire to practice the safest and most humane use of animals within our private, in-house animal care facility. For a complete list of CCAC certificate holders, please click here.

IPA is a member of the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences (CALAS). CALAS/ACSAL is a national association dedicated to providing high quality training and educational resources to animal care professionals across Canada.

How does ImmunoPrecise treat their animals?

ImmunoPrecise (IPA) follows the Canadian Council on Animal Care’s (CCAC) published guidelines on antibody production. IPA has established an Animal Care Committee (IACUC) that has members from the community, medical and academic personnel and veterinarians. This committee ensures CCAC guidelines are followed and that procedures are up to date. All animals at IPA are treated with respect and enrichment programs are in place to ensure that animals can play and learn. Toys, treats and nesting materials are provided. When applicable, they also receive human contact and affection on a daily basis.

What certification does IPA hold?