Animal Facility

To be able to investigate diseases, understand the relationships between pathogens and their host and to develop novel strategies against pathogens, the scientists at the HZI depend on experiments that involve the use of laboratory animals. The HZI runs an Animal Facility on its campus, the so-called Animal House. The central task of this service unit is the breeding and keeping of laboratory mice as well as provision of services for the scientists of the HZI, centered around laboratory animal science.



Animal husbandry in full service by well-trained animal caretakers:

  • Species-appropriate husbandry of lab animals (food, water, cleaning of cages)
  • Daily animal care and control
  • Colony management
  • Tissue biopsies and blood sampling

Healthcare and hygienic monitoring of the animals by veterinarians, additional support by the mouse pathology

Lab Services:

  • Hygienic rederivation
  • Kryoconservation of mouse strains (embryo, sperm)
  • In vitro fertilisation
  • Embryo transfer for generation of transgenic lines (-> Transgenic Mice)

Support of experimenters by:

  • Basic courses in lab animal science
  • Lab animal courses for persons involved in animal experiments
  • Talks and seminars for continuous education
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