Superior Animal Care Equals Superior Science
Successful scientific and medical research programs yield therapies that significantly improve the quality of life for both humans and animals, including life-saving drugs and devices.
Toxikon is committed to being one of the world leaders in the life science community, and places the utmost focus on the proper care and use of research animals. Our mission is to provide the finest level of animal care and support to help our sponsors create safe and effective medical advancements. All employees at Toxikon accept the moral and legal obligation to care for our animals with the utmost compassion and respect. We recognize that providing high-quality living conditions, reducing stress, and humane care play integral roles in the validity, quality and efficiency of research.
Full Compliance with United States and International Animal Welfare Regulation
Toxikon’s experienced and talented scientists, veterinarians, and animal husbandry staff ensure our animal use and care is compliant with all relevant regulation. Our animal program meets all of the requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal Welfare Act and the National Institute of Health’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. Additionally, protocols and implementation are routinely reviewed by the United States Food and Drug Administration and equivalent European and Japanese regulatory agencies.
AAALAC Accreditation Demonstrates our Commitment to Animal Welfare
Toxikon’s animal program is accredited through the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), a private, non-profit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment. In addition to complying with local, state, federal, and international laws that regulate animal research, as well as industry best practices, Toxikon sought and maintains this accreditation as additional 3rd-party evidence of our commitment to animal welfare. AAALAC accreditation confirms that Toxikon’s animal care and use program has appropriate management, oversight, housing, environmental conditions, physical plant, and attendant veterinary care. Annual reports and triannual site visits confirm Toxikon’s compliance with AAALAC standards.
Toxikon’s Animal Welfare Initiative: “Advancing Life Sciences through Caring”
We accomplish our Animal Welfare Initiative through our institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC), initial employee orientation, annual re-training, annual review of animal policies and procedures, and strictly adhering to applicable laws and regulations.
Toxikon Supports the Three R’s of Ethical Animal Use
Toxikon commits to using alternative scientific methods, including in vivo and in silico approaches, to:
- Replacement of whole animal systems with effective options
- Reduction of the numbers of animals used in research wherever and whenever possible
- Refinement of animal use and care techniques to minimize distress
Although some degree of in vivo testing may be required for your study, the use of risk assessment and other methods may allow you to significantly reduce the scope of your animal program.
Toxikon’s Animal Welfare Initiative is Based on 3 Cs
- Caring: We respect and recognize the sacrifice that all research animals make for the benefit of society. Hundreds of thousands of lifesaving advances in medicine and safety are the direct result of animal research. To honor that sacrifice, Toxikon treats all its animals with the utmost care and respect. Toxikon continually reinforces this caring and respect of the animals through training and mentoring.
- Communication: Toxikon recognizes the need for continual education supporting the humane treatment of research animals. This is provided in skill training, ongoing reinforcement, and annual law and regulations training. We encourage all employees to find new and better ways to improve animal welfare and promote the sharing of those ideas. We also encourage the participation of all employees in the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Toxikon also provides avenues for reporting of employees that do not follow these policies, and we employ a zero tolerance policy for any animal welfare violations.
- Commitment: Every Toxikon employee is committed to upholding these values and principles to the best scientific standards. This is reinforced through a written Caring Commitment form filled out by every new employee and through continuing education during internal trainings, webinars, and 3rd-party workshops. Toxikon employees must continually seek to improve and refine their skills to provide state of the art animal care.