Good colony management is the seemingly simple task of obtaining the animals
you need for your experiments.
However, to succeed you have to consider the number of animals you need at
any given time, their age, sex and genetic makeup.And then you need to plan
the breeding such that you meet these needs without unnecessary delay or
production of surplus animals.
Historically, colony management was done through handwritten lists and an
archive of old cage cards kept in a box.
This can no longer be justified.
Any modern research animal facility should keep an electronic record of the
animal colony. The idea behind any good colony management system is to
optimize breeding such that you get the animals you need for your experiments.
At the same time you want traceability, predictability and ease of use.
Many such systems are available. There is a link to a page below.
These three criteria kGen consider to be paramount when choosing a system
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