Children’s Hospital Boston
Ed Delaney, Director of Facility Operations - ARCH
We have had OptiMICE system in our facility for well over a year now. This design has allowed us to double our density. We now can get 200 cages in the same foot print as a 140 cage IVC unit.
Currently we are housing normal adult mice, moms with litters and experimental animals from our Neuroscience and Surgical Research groups.
The clear cages allow for easy observation of mice, such as health checks, birthing and experimental observations, reducing the amount of stress on the animals. Animal behavior has remained normal even while the racks are being gently turned to access other cages. This is an exceptional rack system and we have seen the mice acclimate better to these cages, have greater breeding success and the floor plan suites them well and gives them more security for nesting and hiding.
Overall the system has proven to be beneficial to our facility, allowing us to hold more cages it the same foot print than our previous racking system with the added ease of handling and health monitoring, with little maintenance to the units themselves. The customer service from Animal Care Systems has been excellent from the first contact point. They have worked closely with me to design additional items for the cages, and this service has continued to this date.