Recommendations for health monitoring of rodent and rabbit colonies (2015)

Publications

FELASA recommendations for the health monitoring of mouse, rat, hamster, guinea pig and rabbit colonies in breeding and experimental units. FELASA working group on revision of guidelines for health monitoring of rodents and rabbits, Mähler M, Berard M, Feinstein R, Gallagher A, Illgen-Wilcke B, Pritchett-Corning K, Raspa M. Lab Anim. 2014 Jul;48(3):178-192. Erratum in: Lab Anim. 2015 Jan;49(1):88. DOI: 10.1177/0023677213516312

Erratum to “FELASA recommendations for the health monitoring of mouse, rat, hamster, guinea pig and rabbit colonies in breeding and experimental units”. Lab Anim. 2015 Jan;49(1):88. doi: 10.1177/0023677214550970

Earlier reports

Recommendations for the health monitoring of rodent and rabbit colonies in breeding and experimental units. Nicklas W, Baneux P, Boot R, Decelle T, Deeny AA, Fumanelli M, Illgen-Wilcke B; FELASA (Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations Working Group on Health Monitoring of Rodent and Rabbit Colonies). Lab Anim. 2002 Jan;36(1):20-42. DOI: 10.1258/0023677021911740

FELASA recommendations for the health monitoring of mouse, rat, hamster, gerbil, guinea pig and rabbit experimental units. Report of the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) Working Group on Animal Health accepted by the FELASA Board of Management, November 1995. Rehbinder C, Baneux P, Forbes D, van Herck H, Nicklas W, Rugaya Z, Winkler G. Lab Anim. 1996 Jul;30(3):193-208. DOI: 10.1258/002367796780684881

Recommendations for the health monitoring of mouse, rat, hamster, guineapig and rabbit breeding colonies: Report of the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) Working Group on Animal Health accepted by the FELASA Board of Management November 1992. V. Kraft, A. A. Deeny, H. M. Blanchet, R. Boot, A. K. Hansen, A. Hem, H. van Herck, I. Kunstyr, G. Milite, J. R. Needham, W. Nicklas, A. Perrot, C. Rehbinder, Y. Richard, G. De Vroey. Lab Anim. 1994 Jan;28:1-12.

These recommendations are primarily intended to standardize health monitoring programmes and reporting. In this way they may also help to standardize the microbiological quality of animals. However, it is not a requirement of these recommendations that animals tested are free from all of the microorganisms listed.