The animal housing facility is a low barrier facility with access restriction and coat and shoe change politics. Rodents are primarily housed in open cages on shelves, but mice can also be housed in individually ventilated cages. Immunedeficient animals are housed in ventilated cabinets, and individual cages can be equiped with filter tops for increased security against contamination. A flex-film isolator, for total isolation, is available for the highest degree of protection. Rabbits are housed in open, elevated cages.
temperature and humidity is controlled within small margins, and the ventilation system ensures a minimal contact with allergens.
Separate housing for large animals, such as pigs and sheep, is available at the laboratory (short term) or at a farm (long term).
The Biomedical Laboratory has a staff of 10 animal technicians, one laboratory technician, a veterinarian and an associate professor as head of department. Moreover a secretary, two service assistants and four animal technician students are employed at the Biomedical Laboratory.
The level of hygiene at the Biomedical Laboratory is amongst the highest and environmental friendliest in Denmark. This is achieved through strict access control, a minimal use of chemicals and regular cleaning rutines. A lot of emphasis is also laid on nutrition and environmental enrichment of the animals, all in all resulting in an optimal health and by that good research results.