Based on FELASA recommendations, the colonies are health monitored twice a year and tested for a wide range of pathogens. The latest results, incl. past results are published in the Health Monitoring Report (HMR).
The colony is screened for selected agents in May/June and an extended analysis is performed in November/December.
There has been no changes in the overall health status, and we are pleased that the health status of the minipigs is continuously high. As usual, an exclusion list alongside our HMR is reported, to give a quick overview of which agents prompt either authority notification or further diagnostic or corrective action.
How the high health status is achieved
Microbiological standardisation is necessary because of the possible interference of pathogens with research results. Known effects of microorganisms on animal research are pathological changes, immunomodulation, physiological changes, interference with reproduction, competition of pathogens within the animal, oncogenesis, and contamination of biological products. The influence of these factors can be reduced by using microbiologically defined animals for research.
Our Göttingen Minipigs are bred in fully isolated barrier facilities including HEPA-filtered ventilation with 100% fresh air, overpressure, disinfection locks for diet and materials, shower locks for personnel, and a closed manure system.
Like all other procedures within Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs, the high health standard is regulated by SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures). All staff members are instructed in the use and importance of the SOPs.
Due to the caesarian rederivation in 1992 and the strict barrier conditions since then, the microbiological status in the colonies is controlled and clinical disease is very rare.
Contact our attending Veterinarian with questions concerning the Health Monitoring Reports or the health and welfare of our Göttingen Minipigs.