Ensuring that rodent colonies are free of adventitious infection agents to provide quality models for basic science research, biomedical studies, and safety testing are paramount to producing high quality, robust data. Over the last 50 years, health surveillance has been typically performed using sentinel animals. More recently, newer molecular-based diagnostics combined with environmental monitoring strategies have been adapted by several institutions to either supplement or replace the more traditional methods. These newer approaches have the possibility of significantly reducing the number of rodents used in maintaining specific-pathogen-free colonies.

Health Monitoring

On September 16, 2020 NA3RsC put together a panel webinar on Applications in Developing Technologies for Rodent Health Surveillance. 

Our speakers were Susan Dowling, DVM.; Christina Pettan-Brewer, DVM, MSC; Patricia L. Foley, DVM, DACLAM; and Chris Manuel, DVM, PhD, DACLAM.

To view a recording of our webinar, click here.

After participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to

  • Better understand the strengths and limitations of using the latest diagnostic technologies for rodent health surveillance
  • Make more informed decisions on how to use the latest diagnostic technologies in their health surveillance programs
  • Be able to guide and make recommendations to developers and suppliers for the advancement of technologies in this area.

We had over 694 individuals register for this webinar when it was live. We have received feedback from University of Florida and CDC representatives that their institutions will be changing over to full environment monitoring after viewing this webinar. Please share it with your networks so we can work together to reduce/replace sentinel animals.

If there are other health monitoring resources that you think should be featured on this page, please contact us at contactus@na3rsc.org.