Thanks to an innovative research partnership, Mac and Hollister feel right at home at Trent University.
Thanks to an innovative research partnership, Mac and Hollister feel right at home at Trent University. While spending much of their time in the pasture, the resident alpacas have much to share about animal welfare and beneficial scientific discovery.
“Trent University has been a fantastic partner in this research,” states Dr. Shawna Wicks, CEO Talaria Antibodies Inc., a research company that produces antibodies for research and educational purposes. “Most importantly, the animal care staff is providing fantastic care for the alpacas.”
“Trent provides a home and husbandry for the animals,” said Jason Allen, manager of animal care at Trent.
As part of the research, the alpacas undergo a process that is similar to receiving a vaccination and booster shot. Their heavy, chain-only antibodies are heat-stable and consistent, making them appropriate for therapeutic, diagnostic and research purposes.
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