The lab runs a sentinel-based health-monitoring program according to the recommendations of FELASA: “The microbiological quality of experimental animals can critically influence animal welfare and the validity and reproducibility of research data. It is therefore important for breeding and experimental facilities to establish a laboratory animal health monitoring (HM) programme as an integrated part of any quality assurance system”. Reference: Lab Anim. 2014 Feb 4;48(3):178-192.
- Evaluate the health status of each animal facility
- Detect infectious disease outbreaks
- Prevent disease transmission between colonies / rooms / facilities