Transportation and Delivery

The true value of the ARC’s animal models is realized when they are safely transported to customers’ institutions. The ARC introduces rats and mice into sterilized I.A.T.A – compliant shipping containers (shippers) in their respective barrier at set densities. The sterile interstate and international shippers contain sterile food, bedding and gel pack(s), which serve as a water and an additional nutrition source. The packing process is designed to minimize the animals’ exposure to deleterious agents. The shipper’s design was updated in late 2014.

Locally delivered animals are placed into sterile shippers immediately prior to delivery.

The ARC makes every effort to anticipate and minimize the likelihood of conflict when packing animals of a known aggressive nature. This is achieved by the use of dividers in the shippers and packing cage mates in the same shipper. However customers need to be aware that not all conflicts can be anticipated.

Interstate shipments are provided a hydration gel during shipping as a water source. These colloid gels are >95% water. In a report by Tordoff, et al. (2005) involving ~19 hour transit time, mice in transit using hydration gels consumed ~3g/mouse.

The ARC’s partnership with freight forwarders, customer’s brokers, and essential government agencies facilitates animal transportation.

Our facility is minutes from the Perth Domestic and International airports with deliveries made in dedicated, climate controlled vehicles. The ARC maintains the shippers in an electronically monitored, climate controlled airport holding area prior to departure. The animals leave the airport holding area as close to the time of departure as possible, keeping the interval outside the climate controlled holding area to a minimum.

The ARC works with established transport organizations to secure safe, reliable, and flexible service at competitive rates. Our customer service team can provide customers with transportation options to suit their unique needs.

🏋🏼‍Animal Shipping Weights 🏋🏼

It has been reported (Wallace, 1976) and is the ARC’s experience, that weight loss occurs in transit. The majority of the loss is associated with preparing the animals for shipment, weighing, etc. Weight loss of at least 6-8% should be expected; this must not be taken as an animal welfare issue in that Wallace determined that simply moving animals into a shipping container without transporting the animals resulted in weight loss. Weight-based animal orders refer to the ARC’s packing weight, using a calibrated electronic balance; we ask customers to take transport-related weight changes into consideration when ordering. While most animals recover weight within 3-5 days, changes in destination food, water, or caging social position may prolong recovery.

☀️Hot Weather☀️

The Animal Resources Centre postpones animal air shipments if ground temperatures seriously risk animal welfare. The ARC strives to promptly alert impacted customers. At 9:00 AM Perth time, if the predicted 9:00 PM Perth Airport temperature is greater than or equal to 29 °C, then interstate shipments will be dispatched the next suitable day.

Likewise, if the predicted temperature at 9:00 AM at the destination or connecting airport is greater than or equal to 29 °C, then shipments will be postponed to a given airport or destination until the next suitable day.

We kindly ask customers keep the above in mind regarding time sensitive orders (e.g., time mated animals) and suggest such orders are received in advance, where possible.

The ARC uses and to check weather forecasts.

If customers are concerned about high temperatures they can request a delay in delivery on the day of despatch as long as the ARC is informed before 9.00 a.m. AWST


Due to COVID and the reduction of flights imposed, the Animal Resources Centre can no longer guarantee boarding/shipping of animals with red eye flights which are now seldom available. This reduction of flights has hampered the shipping of customers orders when WA are having extreme weather temperatures.

The Animal Resources Centre has had to adjust accordingly to flight availabilities and that of the welfare of animals on any given day.

We thank-you for your understanding.



Tordoff, MG; et al. 2005. Mice Acquire Flavor Preferences During Shipping. Physiology and Behavior 86(4):480-486.


Wallace, ME. 1976. Effects of Stress Due to Deprivation and Transport in Different Genotypes of House Mouse. Laboratory Animals 10(3):335–347.