The microbiology laboratory is responsible for the weekly hygienic monitoring of the animals kept in the IBF. Examinations are essentially performed according to FELASA and GV-SOLAS guidelines for laboratory rodents and rabbits (Laboratory animals: 48, 178-192).
Parasitological and bacteriological examinations are performed according to standard procedures in the IBF, whereas serological tests are carried out by the company Fa. BioDoc. Testing for Streptobacillus moniliformis is carried out by the company Fa. GIM-Brandenburg and testing for Pneumocystis ssp. is carried out by the microbiological lab of the DKFZ, Heidelberg.
Each result can be looked up in the respective health certificate. Furthermore, health records (pathogen spectrum) can be viewed over 18 months retrospectively.
The regularly updated health certificates of each department and unit can be downloaded. Please click on the tab "Health records"
To achieve a higher hygienic status within IBF breeds, breeds are rederived via embryo transfer and put into a new unit. Principally, the appropriate foster mothers (SOPF status) are bought in addition. Before putting fosters into the according unit two of the new animals undergo health inspections to assure quality. Until April 2012 these animals were also added to the history of heath reports, that is why there is such a high number of inspected animals in unit 1 and 2. Since April 2012 these animals are no longer added to the history.
The reason why there is a high amount of inspections on the health reports of unit 1 is that each transferred foster animal is checked after pups were weaned. Only if the results show that the pups derived from embryo transfer are free from unwanted germs and pathogens they are cleared for further breeding.
If routine inspections or specimen collection show any abnormalities like e.g. skin lesions, damage of fur or organ alterations etc., or if examinations beyond the standard health checklist are performed, the results are documented internally and can be inquired at the microbiology laboratory.
If there are conspicuous or sickly animals in the normal holding and breeding areas, they are transferred to the microbiology lab as well. There they go through an examination by our veterinarians and further tests are done, if needed
On demand further examinations (e.g. opportunistic pathogens in immunodeficient animals) can be performed at a cost..