The HZI technology platform „Central Animal Facility” is responsible for the humane treatment and orderly care of laboratory animals required for scientific research purposes. We enable the HZI scientists to perform infection experiments on mice up to biosafety level S3.
In our animal facilities, we house mice under continuously monitored, standardized conditions (temperature, humidity, light cycle) in individually ventilated cages (IVC). Therefore, we can exclude unwanted infections by external pathogens. The barriers are strictly separated against the environment and are ventilated with sterile filtered air. All necessary material has to be sterilized; electronically controlled access is restricted to admitted personal only, complete change of clothes is necessary.
These hygienic measures not only keep our animals healthy – we can also ensure that no pathogens will leave our experimental barriers. This includes sterilization of all used materials (e.g. used bedding or food rests) before leaving the animal facility.
Animal husbandry and animal experiments are regulated by strict legal provisions, e.g. the German Animal Welfare Act (Tierschutzgesetz) , the Animal Welfare Regulation (Tierschutz-Versuchstierverordnung) and the Directive 2010/63/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. The animal facility management is supported by the Animal Welfare Officer and the Animal Welfare Committee.
The HZI is a signatory of the Initiative Transparent Animal Experiments.