Rodent Health Surveillance

Sentinel animals are placed in rodent facilities to monitor for infectious diseases and possible parasites present in the colony. See Sentinel Rodent Procedures. Sentinels for other species are designated specifically for each unit. Please contact the lab (608-263-6464) and Dr. Gendron (608-242-1239) to arrange this.

Why Test?
  • Research results derived from animal models may be altered by unwanted pathogens (infectious bacteria, worms, parasites, etc.).
  • Identification of pathogens in our research colonies allows early action to contain disease, thus preventing spread of disease to other colonies on campus.
  • Immune-competent mice often do not show clinical signs of infectious diseases but pose a risk to immunocompromised animals.
  • Immunocompromised mice can be severely affected by or die from infectious disease.
Components
  • Serologic evaluation for infectious disease
  • Parasitology:
    • Endoparasites
    • Ectoparasites
  • Necropsy for gross lesions
Other Testing
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
    • Used for identification of:
      • Parvo viruses
      • Helicobacter
      • Other organisms
  • PCR testing for most infectious diseases
    can be requested