The microbiological quality of experimental animals can impact on both animal welfare and research results, compromising the validity and reproducibility of results. Knowing the exact health status of breeding and research animals is vital to achieving good welfare and good science.
Laboratory animal health monitoring programmes are an integral part of any quality assurance system. FELASA has published recommendations for the health monitoring of numerous species, and details can be found on the FELASA website http://www.felasa.eu/recommendations/
We can advise on appropriate health surveillance programmes for laboratory animal colonies, including choice of agents, selection of animals and tissues, frequency of sampling, test methods, and interpretation of results.