Importing animals

Importing rodents and rabbits to KEKS from external producers

The basic strains produced in KEKS will be bought from a commercial producer who abides by the FELASA (Federation for Laboratory Animal Science Associations) European health monitoring guidelines.

Importing special strains

  • Special strains may be brought to KEKS both from commercial producers as well as from the researchers’ co-operation partners and other research establishments
  • Find out which strain is required and who produces the strain in question. You can ask for assistance from KEKS when needed
  • Deliver a health monitoring certificate for the animals (in accordance with FELASA) to the KEKS veterinarian.
  • Negotiate a suitable time for delivery with the KEKS research technician
  • Notify the KEKS research technician of the exact information on the animal strain, number, sex and age, as well as the preferred time of delivery
  • Make sure that your project (animal experiment) licence, or notification of use, are valid
  • GM animals must always be reported in the KEKS GM register in connection with the delivery
  • If the animals (mice) are cleaned for the barrier, please also contact  Biocenter personnel
  • The establishment delivering the order will usually see to the details of the cargo and import licences

When using laboratory animals, animal health, well-being and microbiological cleanliness are emphasized. For both health-related and scientific reasons, more and more laboratory animal establishments clean their animal units of harmful microbes. For this reason, the establishments require specific information on the microbiological and health status of the arriving animals.

When the research requires a certain species or strain that KEKS does not maintain, the researcher should first contact the KEKS veterinarian (Sakari Laaksonen) or director (Hanna-Marja Voipio), and premises for importing the animal will be clarified. The microbiological and health status of the animals being imported should first be clarified. A health monitoring certificate shall be requested from the animal supplier, establishment or researcher, based on which the KEKS veterinarian makes the decision on receiving the animals and possible other procedures. In addition, the time for receiving the animals and starting the experiment at KEKS shall be agreed upon with the research technician of the research unit.

Usually the sending establishment is responsible for the animal transportation plan and licences related to the transportation. Delivering the animals must always be performed in co-operation with KEKS such that the delivery schedule is clear early on and the animals will be appropriately received. Animals delivered from elsewhere shall be placed in the research unit, isolator or quarantine unit.

Large animals: pig and sheep

Pigs and sheep are acquired from contract farms based on researcher orders. The pigs are crosses between landrace pigs and the sheep are, e.g., Finnish landrace or Åland landrace sheep. Sustaining large animals on the KEKS premises is very restricted, and the experiment arrangements must be negotiated well in advance.

Last updated: 5.1.2017