Regular health screening is performed to ensure that animals remain free of clinical and subclinical infections that are known to impact on animal health and/or research.
The health screening results are monitored by an in-house veterinarian. In addition, any mice that are found to be ill or that die unexpectedly are given a full post mortem.
The health screening is performed by independent laboratories and includes screening for a broad range of viruses, bacteria, parasites and other micro-organisms. The samples collected for health monitoring include blood, faeces and swabs from the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract as well as a close examination of the fur.
Sentinel mice (mice exposed to dirty bedding from other cages) and randomly selected colony mice are screened for pathogens.
The latest health screen results can be seen on the Screening Results page.