UNIT 1.1 Animal Health Assurance

  1. John Donovan1,
  2. Patricia Brown2

Published Online: 1 FEB 2007

DOI: 10.1002/0471142735.im0101s76

Current Protocols in Immunology

Current Protocols in Immunology

How to Cite

Donovan, J. and Brown, P. 2007. Animal Health Assurance. Current Protocols in Immunology. 76:I:1.1:1.1.1–1.1.3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Wyeth Research, Collegeville, Pennsylvania

  2. 2

    National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2007
  2. Published Print: FEB 2007


A program to ensure the health of laboratory animals and to provide a stable environment for their maintenance is necessary to reduce unwanted variables or complicating factors in experimentation. To ensure animal health throughout a research study, the animals involved should be procured in good health, monitored for continued health status, and protected from pathogenic organisms through testing of any biological materials. This unit addresses all three of these health management practices. Essential in support of these practices is a diagnostic laboratory capable of testing for rodent and rabbit pathogens.


  • animal husbandry;
  • commercial sources of animals;
  • monitoring animal health;
  • animal facilities;
  • specific pathogen free facilities;
  • pathogenic microorganisms of rodents and rabbits