Comparative Medicine Core Facility

Information about the facility


We provide housing of rodents and rabbits, pigs and sheep.


Large animal unit

Our large animal unit is a non-SPF unit approved for pigs, sheep and goats. Our large animals are housed in pens with access to rooting material, hay and heating lamps. We have a variety of instruments and equipment available for the researchers:

  • Two surgery rooms with AISYS anesthesia machines
  • Respirator
  • Defibrillator
  • Electrosurgical unit
  • Ultrasound machine
  • Blood gas analyzer
  • Bronchoscope
  • C-arm
  • Centrifuges, scales, pipettes
  • Infusion pumps
  • Syringe pumps
  • Safety cabinet class 1
  • Surgical instruments
  • Heating cabinet


Specific pathogen free (SPF) unit

In our SPF unit we house rats and mice of Specific-pathogen-free status, according to FELASAs recommendations. Our rodents are housed in IVC-cages, with access to bedding material, nesting material and enrichment objects. We have a variety of rooms and equipment available for the researchers:

  • Several surgery and procedure rooms
  • Isoflurane vaporisers in all surgery and procedure rooms
  • Zeiss OMPI PROergo surgical microscope with camera and screen
  • Recording room with ANY-maze behavioural tracking system
  • Safety cabinet  class 1
  • Safety cabinet class 2
  • Ventilator
  • DXA machine
  • Recovery Rack
  • Metabolic cages
  • Kopf Stereotaxic frame with drill and syringe holder
  • Small Animal Vital Signs Monitor - MouseOx
  • Bipolar electrocautery equipment
  • Heating pads for use during surgery
  • Centrifuges and scales
  • Surgical instruments
  • Steri-Cycle CO2 incubator
  • - 80º C lab freezer

Instruments that are available in the facility, but not a part of the core facility:

  • MicroCT
  • Ultrasound machine
  • Treadmills for rodents
  • Multiphoton microscope
  • CLAMS - Comrehensive Lab Animal Monitoring System
  • Pearl Small Animal Optical Imager

To use these instruments, please contact the animal facility for advice.


Transgenic breeding unit

Our Transgenic Mouse breeding unit has a total capacity of 2500 cages. One procedure room is available for less complicated procedures, with additional equipment:

  • Microscope
  • Isoflurane vaporiser


Quarantine unit

In our quarantine unit we house rats, mice, guinea pigs and rabbits carrying pathogens/commensals not accepted in SPF units, and animals waiting to get tested according to FELASAs recommendations. We can offer a variety of instruments in the Quarantine unit:

  • Two surgery rooms
  • Isoflurane vaporisers
  • Recovery rack
  • Heating pads for use during surgery
  • Safety cabinet class 1 and 2
  • Surgical instruments
  • Sentrifuge and scale

ANY-maze behavioural tracking system and equipment for open field behavioral testing is available in the unit. Contact the animal facility for more information.


I3 unit

  • Unit for projects involving biological agents in containment level 3. This unit can only house mice.