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.
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.
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
|Avian Influenza||Chickens (ducks/ turkey)|
|Infectious Bronchitis virus||Chickens|
|Infectious Bursal Disease virus||Chickens|
|Newcastle Disease virus||Chickens|
|Bovine Respiratory Syncytial virus||Calves|
|Bovine Viral Diarrhoea virus||Cattle|
|Foot-and-Mouth Disease virus||Cattle|
|Streptococcus uberis||Lactating heifers|
|Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex||Cattle|
|Immunization for phage antibody libraries||Llamas|
|Transmissible Spongiform Encephalitis||Mice|
|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|
|Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli||Weaning piglets|
|Rift Valley fever virus||Sheep|
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.