Turn to the Tufts Comparative Pathology Services if unexpected morbidity or mortality occurs. Diagnostic necropsies are performed at no cost to the investigator as part of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine health monitoring and disease surveillance program. DLAM monitors daily the health of all animals under our care, and actively monitors for and excludes infectious diseases that could cause harm to the animals as well as affect your research study.
If you have an occurrence of unexpected morbidity or mortality in your research group, please contact the DLAM veterinary staff immediately for veterinary care. Just as humans and domestic animals can unexpectedly get ill or die, sporadic illness and deaths can occur in research animals. Research animals, like domestic animals and people can have congenital diseases, can get diseases related to aging, and can develop tumors. Infectious disease is one of least likely causes of disease in Tufts research animals as DLAM maintains rodents as specific pathogen free for a large number of rodent infectious diseases.
Contact any of the DLAM veterinary staff immediately if you have an ill animal. Contact the pathologist, Lauren Richey, to initiate a diagnostic pathology service request.