Photo from Pettan-Brewer et al. 2020. Adoption of Exhaust Air Dust Testing in SPF Rodent Facilities. JAALAS. 59(2), 156-162.

On September 16, 2020 NA3RsC put together a panel webinar on Applications in Developing Technologies for Rodent Health Surveillance.  Our speakers were Patricia L. Foley, DVM, DACLAM; Chris Manuel, DVM, PhD, DACLAM; Christina Pettan-Brewer, DVM, MSC; Susan Dowling, DVM.

View a recording of our webinar by clicking here.

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.

The NA3RsC Rodent Health Surveillance Initiative was established to help laboratory animal care professionals make appropriate decisions, provide a forum for open discussion, and implement the best practices for their institutions. In so doing, we hope that ultimately scientific outcomes will be improved and animal use reduced. Continue to check in on our resources, participate in our upcoming webinars, and offer suggestions on this exciting topic.