Research unit

Research operations at the Laboratory animal centre have been centralised at the research department. The research unit is an open, conventional animal unit, which is not as isolated as the barrier. The microbiological quality of the animals is observed through health monitoring, and there is a 48-hour quarantine before entering the premises after visiting another animal unit.

Mice, rats, rabbits, pigs and sheep are used in experiments in the research unit. The rodents are mainly produced in KEKS, but mice and rats are also ordered from external producers. Rabbits, pigs and sheep are ordered from external producers in accordance with researcher requests.

Personnel traffic, access and clothing guidelines

Only KEKS protective clothing must be used in the animal facilities.

There is a 48-hour quarantine period before entering the research department after a visit to another animal unit. The following protective clothing must always be used on the premises (corridors, laboratories and animal rooms):

  • KEKS laboratory coat (N.B. Do not use lab coats of other departments)
  • Disposable shoe covers
  • Disposable gloves
  • Breathing mask
  • Hair cover

Animal traffic and microbiological quality assurance

  • Live animals that fulfil the KEKS quality requirements will be admitted to the research department.
  • Within the department, the animals will be isolated to IVC cages, isolators and quarantine unit when necessary.
  • Microbiological health monitoring will be performed at the department once per year.

Goods traffic and microbiological quality assurance

  • Feed is not processed separately through sterilisation.
  • Bedding is not autoclaved.
  • Drinking water is non-sterilised water.

Last updated: 14.1.2021