An electronic version of the revised FELASA recommendations for the
health monitoring of rodents and rabbits has been published in
Laboratory Animals. See Service &
for a link.
BioDoc - Biomedical Diagnostics
Biomedical Diagnostics - BioDoc - is an independent accredited
laboratory under the direction of Prof. Dr. Michael Mähler. The
laboratory was founded in Hannover (Germany) in 1993.
BioDoc performs serological
and molecular biological
tests for diagnosis of
viral, bacterial and parasitic infections in small laboratory animals
(mouse, rat, hamster, guinea pig and rabbit). In addition, we provide
advisory service with regard to diagnosis and eradication of such
Our clients are mainly institutions which conduct animal experiments
(pharmaceutical industry, universities, research organisations) and
laboratory animal breeding companies in Germany and other European
The purpose of our investigations is to ensure that laboratory animal
colonies are free of infectious agents that are hazardous for the
health of humans (zoonosis) and animals or that may interfere with
In addition to animal health monitoring, BioDoc offers testing of
biological materials (cell cultures, transplantable tumours, biological
pharmaceuticals etc.) for contamination with infectious agents
(so-called mouse or rat antibody production tests).
The test reports issued by BioDoc help our clients:
- to determine the health status of their animals
- to generate animal health monitoring reports
- to present health status information in scientific reports and
publications as part of the animal specification
- to obtain regulatory approval for drugs.