RARC Rodent Quarantine Program
The RARC Rodent Quarantine Program, located within a Biomedical Research Model Services (BRMS) facility, provides services to all campus researchers with rodent lines coming to the UW-Madison campus from non-approved vendor sources.
These rodent lines may have pathogens that can affect research, and ascertaining what pathogens the rodents have is necessary to determine which UW facilities they are permitted to be housed in.
Comprehensive infectious disease testing is performed by IDEXX Bioresearch. Pooled PCR testing is typically utilized and mice can be released to designated locations within 2 weeks (*unless excluded pathogens detected).
At times rodent lines must be rederived in order to "clean up" a particular line from unwanted pathogens and/or for housing in clean facilities. Genome Editing and Animal Models (GEAM) here on the UW campus provides rederivation services to investigators.
Pathogen testing, cage per diems and GEAM service costs are the labs responsibility.
In order to minimize the risk of rodent pathogens and ensure a quiet acclimating environment, there is no access to quarantine by research staff.
Please see our Rodent Quarantine Info handout for program details.
You may also contact:
Rodent Quarantine Coordinator
GEAM Program Manager
RARC Animal Transfer Program Coordinator
BRMS SPF Breeding Core Manager
Brigitte Raabe DVM, DACLAM
RARC Program Veterinarian