The Science

AIMS™ animal tattoo identification was developed for safety and efficacy by private and university researchers with the assistance of the US National Institutes of Health. Tattoo identification is a humane and cost effective method for the permanent identification of research animals. This has been well documented over the years and AIMS™ continues to conduct extensive research on tattooing techniques, equipment, tattoo pigment chemistry, safety, and performance in an effort to provide customers with the most advanced technology for animal tattoo identification.

Why are more research labs choosing the AIMS™ tattoo identification system?
Because it's Simple, Cost-Effective, and it Works !

AIMS™ is a small company solely dedicated to developing new technology for the tattoo identification of animals.  Unlike many other companies that offer animal identification methods, our only business is animal tattooing.  Over the last twenty six years AIMS™ has developed a unique animal tattoo identification system that uses specially configured tattoo equipment with AIMS™ proprietary pigments and supplies.  The proper use of this system provides investigators with rapid and permanent animal identification.  The AIMS™ animal identification system produces tattoos that are dark, permanent, and easy to read for the life of the animal.  Some advantages of the AIMS™ identification equipment and procedures are …

Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science

The unique identification of neonate rodents has long been applied in behavioral and toxicological studies. More recently, the development of transgenic rodent strains has increased the need for adult and neonate rodent identification primarily in an effort to manage colonies and facilitate genotyping …

H Yacowitz, BA Piscitelli, A Yacowitz 
Research and Development Laboratory, AIMS, Inc., Piscataway, NJ 08854

Permanent and humane identification of laboratory animals from day-old to maturity is being done at many laboratories using tail, ear, or body tattoos employing AIMS™ black pigment #242. In conducting large studies, speed of tattooing is an important factor. Tattooing usually involves dipping the …

By Norman B. Guilloud, DVM, and A. Neill Johnson, DVM, Ph.D.

PRESENT METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING rats and mice are not always satisfactory. Ear notch- ing and ear tagging, though widely used by researchers, have inherent problems. Applying and reading ear notches is time consuming. When one person applies ear notches others may find them difficult to read …

H. Yacowitz, A. Yacowitz, R.F. McConnell, G.N. Rao 
AIMS™ Inc, Piscataway, NJ 08854

Identification of albino mice has been accomplished by using tail tattoos with black pigment 242. However, tattoos on pigmented mice were difficult to read. A 2-year study was conducted to evaluate 3 tattoo pigments at two tattoo sites on 320 B6C3Fl mice. Weanling mice …


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