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Open Access Hematologic and Serum Biochemical and Electrolyte Values in Clinically Normal Domestically Bred Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca mulatta) According to Age, Sex, and Gravidity

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Age, sex, and gravidity significantly affect blood values in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). The objective of the study reported here was to provide clinicians and researchers with complete blood values for clinically normal, domestically reared rhesus monkeys of Indian origin and of different age, sex, and gravidity. Values were obtained from 527 healthy, domestically bred and reared rhesus monkeys at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson's Department of Veterinary Sciences, Bastrop, Texas. Because standardized reference values are vital when dealing with the healthcare of a breeding population of rhesus monkeys, it is imperative to have a comprehensive set of reference serum biochemical and hematologic values based on sex, age, and gravidity to determine the overall health status of an individual monkey or a colony used for breeding or research. Establishing reference values allows accurate interpretation of biochemical and hematologic values for normal, subclinical, or clinically ill animals.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1997

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  • Comparative Medicine (CM), an international journal of comparative and experimental medicine, is the leading English-language publication in the field and is ranked by the Science Citation Index in the upper third of all scientific journals. The mission of CM is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information that expands biomedical knowledge and promotes human and animal health through the study of laboratory animal disease, animal models of disease, and basic biologic mechanisms related to disease in people and animals.

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