Animal models for animal health CRO Contract Research Organization Bioveterinary

Animal models for animal health

We have a broad portfolio of animal models for various pathogens, which can be supported with extensive laboratory analyses. Based on this experience, we can develop customized animals models with specific isolates or new pathogens for customers.

Innovative technology

During the experiment, data from animals such as body temperature, clinical signs, behaviour or feed intake are captured using our validated electronic data capture system. We invest in research into the use of innovative sensor technology to allow real time monitoring of animal health and welfare like telemetric devices or video monitoring. Subcutaneous temperature sensors, continuous breathing frequency or heart rate determination and registration of movement of animals are under development.

Complementary analyses

In addition to these data, complementary analyses can be included to monitor host responses and pathogen load in more detail. These analyses can include, but are not restricted to, microbiology, immunology, pathology and gene expression analyses. In addition, putative effects on microbiota composition, for example in the gut, on the skin or in the lungs can be determined. Due to a strong collaboration within Wageningen University & Research, experts on animal nutrition, animal welfare and animal husbandry are available for consultancy.

Examples of our animal models


Animal model
Avian Influenza Chickens (ducks/ turkey)
Infectious Bronchitis virus Chickens
Infectious Bursal Disease virus Chickens
Newcastle Disease virus Chickens
Campylobacter spp Chickens
Eimeria spp. Chickens
Chlamydia psittaci Chickens


Animal model
Bovine Respiratory Syncytial virus Calves
Bovine Viral Diarrhoea virus Cattle
Foot-and-Mouth Disease virus Cattle
Mycobacterium paratuberculosis Cattle
Streptococcus uberis Lactating heifers
Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex Cattle


Animal model
Immunization for phage antibody libraries Llamas


Animal model
Influenza virus Mice
Toxoplasma gondii Mice
Transmissible Spongiform Encephalitis Mice


Animal model
African swine fever virus Pigs
Classical swine fever virus Pigs
Foot-and-mouth disease virus Pigs
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus Pigs
Swine Influenza virus Pigs
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus Pigs
Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae Piglets
Streptococcus suis Piglets
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli Weaning piglets


Animal model
Bluetongue virus Sheep
Rift Valley fever virus Sheep
Schmallenberg virus Sheep
Scrapie Sheep


Animal model
Coxiella burnetti Goats
Mycobacterium bovis Goats


Animal model
Toxoplasma gondii Cats


Animal model
Influenza virus Ferrets

Is your model not listed?

If your animal model of interest is not listed, please contact our experts Riks Maas (virological models) or Astrid de Greeff (bacterial models). Due to our broad expertise, we can facilitate the fast development of custom made animal models.