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Veterinary resources and animal health

Every animal facility at Karolinska Institutet has a designated facility veterinarian. The designated veterinarian has a consultative role with several responsibilities and tasks at the facility.

Your designated facility veterinarian can assist you with advice on laboratory animal health, animal husbandry, disease control and planning of experiments when researching or working with laboratory animals.

Please consult your designated veterinarian when you have questions concerning any aspect of veterinary medicine. The contact should primarily be via the the facility's main emailadress. Contact the animal technicians or the designated superintendent at your facility if you do not know the name of your designated veterinarian.

All veterinarians at KI are staff members of Comparative Medicine.

Advice on animal experimentation

The designated veterinarian provides advice and guidance on animal experimentation. The advice concerns aspects of veterinary medicine as well as the physical and mental wellbeing of the animal. Veterinarians participate together with the designated superintendent in the planning of experiments and in the supervision of the animals during the experiments.

The designated veterinarian diagnoses sick animals, and treats and prevents animal diseases. They also issue animal health declarations.

A veterinarian should always be contacted if an animal is sick or dies in an animal facility.

The designated veterinarian at your animal facility will take part in the review of your application for ethical evaluation of animal experiments before you submit it to an ethical committee.

Outside office hours

Experiments that require assistance from a veterinarian need to be carried out during the regular working day.

Please consult the facility manager at your animal facility to find out who to turn to when you need after hours veterinary support.

Transport of animals on campus

You can get help transporting animals on campus through the Tech & support unit at Comparative Medicine. They also help with transports between KI and a few neighboring facilities. Please consult your designated facility veterinarian when you have questions regarding the regulatory framework that controls the transport of animals.

Animal health monitoring and assessment

Comparative Medicine performs laboratory animal health monitoring according to FELASA recommendations and encourages all animal facilities at KI to do the same.

Laboratory animal health monitoring according to FELASA recommendations is performed by a number of laboratories in Europe, please see below.

The tests are primarily designed for rats and mice. Most laboratories perform the same standard tests.

Each laboratory has its own routines for how they want to receive samples. Make sure to check with them first. The shipping of live animals requires safe transports so that the animal is not exposed to new infections.

Laboratories that monitor the health status of animals


SVA, National veterinary institute in Sweden

City: Uppsala, Sweden
Web site:


BioDoc, Biomedical Diagnostics

City: Hannover, Germany
Web site:
Accepts samples only, no live animals.

Charles River

City: Lyon, France
Web site:

IDEXX laboratories

City: Ludwigsburg, Germany
Web site:


City: Berlin, Germany
Web site: (the website is in German)

GVG Diagnostics

City: Leipzig, Germany
Web site:

MicroBios GmbH

City: Reinach, Switzerland
Web site: (the website is in German/French)