Our vivarium & facilityHera BioLabs
Our facility design was centered on the need to house immunocompromised animals and specialized models. It incorporates a surgical suite, gowning room, and holding rooms. In order to ensure an environment of utmost sterility, while also minimizing the workload by negating dependency on cage-wash infrastructure, Disposable Caging Systems are used at our animal facility. This allows for more investment of time and energy into scientific endeavors. Innovive, Inc. provides high-performance Individually Ventilated Cage (IVC) racks with a closed-loop recycling, and bedding-composting system for our facility to be environmentally sound and proactive. With less water, detergent, energy use, reduced maintenance space-use, and the reducing of ergonomic risks; the Innovive Innorack® and Innocage® are utilized at our company.
- Dosing by multiple routes including i.p., oral and i.v.
- ACLAM and AALAS certified staff
- IACUC Attending Veterinarian is DVM, ACLAM certified with over 30 years’ experience
- Vivarium featuring all 100% HEPA filtered, disposable IVC caging specifically designed for immunocompromised animals
- Digital data acquisition via StudyLog® systems software
- Molecular and cell culture facility
Accreditation & Institutional Goals
Hera BioLabs is dedicated to ensuring the integrity of its science. For this purpose, Hera has obtained an OLAW-approved Animal Welfare Assurance from the NIH Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Assurance). We are approaching accreditation with AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care) at our new facility in Lexington, KY.
Hera BioLabs is also dedicated to acquiring national certifications and official licenses for our employees; to further facilitate comprehensive scientific teams. Hera holds membership and training programs with NIH (National Institute of Health), the University of Kentucky’s DLAR (Division of Laboratory Animal Resources), and AALAS (American Association of Laboratory Animal Science). Hera collaborates with these institutions and more to assist our technicians in acquiring the highest expertise possible. The goals of our mission are further ensured with Hera’s commitment for attaining proficiency in the most modern techniques for genetic engineering and animal health, in order to provide high quality models and services.
The latest health testing can be requested from our colony at Charles River Labs (CRL) as well from our facility in Lexington, KY. For more information please contact us.
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Conditions for Use
Breeding and further genetic modification of the SRG rat is strictly prohibited, without additional agreements with Hera. Hera requires all customers to sign the terms of the Conditions for Use Agreement prior to shipping the animals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is breeding allowed? Breeding is typically prohibited under the Hera Conditions for Use for the SRG rat. However, special exceptions are possible. If your study requires breeding of the animals, please contact us.
Can you provide older/younger animals? Currently our standard age at shipment is 4-5 weeks old. Hera can accommodate requests for any age animals. Contact us to discuss your specific requirements. Additional fees may apply.
When can I expect my order? The SRG are reserved on a first-come first-serve basis. Upon placing the order your estimated arrival date will be provided and updated accordingly.
Do the SRG require a special diet? Are there any additional health concerns? Standard irradiated rodent chow is used. Their immunodeficient phenotype leads to a susceptibility to opportunistic pathogens which should be taken into consideration, as is the case with any immunodeficient strain. Other than that, the SRG does not require any special diet or have any additional health concerns.