Health statement for mice from The Jackson Laboratory surgical service

Bonnie L. Lyons, D.V.M.
Associate Veterinarian, Laboratory Animal Health Services

Surgically altered JAX® Mice may originate from several areas in The Jackson Laboratory's production or repository facilities. Mice that undergo a surgical procedure are transferred into surgical suites located in AX1, AX3, MP13,MP23 or RB01. The Jackson Laboratory is fully accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC International). All surgical procedures are approved by the institution's Animal Care and Use Committee, and analgesics are routinely administered to all animals undergoing a surgical procedure. Animals are surgically modified using atraumatic and aseptic technique in a laminar flow hood in the HEPA filtered surgical suites. Once fully recovered from surgery, the mice are packed into new sterile transport boxes and shipped to your facility.

All areas sending mice to the surgical suites participate in the regular Jackson Laboratory health-monitoring program. Health status reports for rooms sending mice to the surgical suites are available as PDF files. Mice are routinely monitored for the following organisms.

Ectromelia virus Mouse minute virus Polyoma virus
GDVII (Theiler's) virus Mouse adenovirus Reovirus 3
K virus Mouse cytomegalovirus Rotavirus (EDIM)
Hantaan virus Mouse hepatitis virus Sendai virus
Lactic Dehydrogenase Elevating virus Mouse parvovirus
Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus Pneumonia virus of mice
Bacteria and Mycoplasmas
Bordetella bronchiseptica Helicobacter spp. Salmonella spp.
CAR bacillus Klebsiella spp. Staphylococcus aureus
Citrobacter rodentium Mycoplasma spp. Streptobacillus moniliformis
Clostridium piliforme Pasteurella multocida Streptococcus spp.
Cornebacterium kutscheri Pseudomonas spp.
Parasites, Protozoa and Fungi
Fleas, fur mites, lice Tapeworms Amoebae
Psorergates simplex Trichomonads Encephalitzoon cuniculi
Pinworms, e.g., Syphacia spp. Spironucleus muris Pneumocystis carinii
Helminths Giardia muris

There are minor differences in health status among the different areas sending mice to the Surgical Suite. Depending on the room of origin, mice coming to the Surgical Suite may be positive for Klebsiella spp.. The occasional identification of other bacteria, e.g., Staphylococcus aureus, provokes a clinical investigation to identify and eliminate all infected mice.

To check the most recent health information from these or any other housing area(s) within The Jackson Laboratory, please consult The Jackson Laboratory web site or Customer Service at 1-800-422-6423 (US, Canada & Puerto Rico) or  1-207-288-5845 (from any location).

Last Modified: May 13, 2015