Rat Molecular Testing Services

Cerberus Sciences offers a wide range of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays for the detection of multiple pathogens concerning rats. Our list of available assays is continually growing so please contact us if the test you require is not listed.
Samples can be submitted as fresh faeces, FLOQ swabs, tissues, exhaust air dust (EAD) filters or live animals depending on the pathogen for detection and facility requirements. Survival sampling has enhanced simplicity of quarantine testing of valuable animals, disease outbreak management, sample collection and transportation.
As the variety of agents available for testing is vast, the testing frequency and agent prevalence should be considered. Cerberus can assist in developing a suitable testing regime for your facility. 
For current prices, please contact us.
Molecular Testing Panels
The following panels are not mandatory and can be customized to personal specifications. Samples can be submitted as:
  • Fresh Faeces (FF)
  • Fresh Faeces in 5mL PCR Bead Tubes (F.B.T)
    • Only one pellet required in 2mL size PCR Bead Tube​
  • Live animals
For sample preparation instructions, click here.
Individual Molecular Testing Assays
Our list of available assays is continually growing so please contact us if the test you require is not listed. Samples can be submitted as:
  • Fresh Faeces (FF)
  • Fresh Faeces in 5mL PCR Bead Tubes (F.B.T)
    • Only one pellet required in 2mL size PCR Bead Tube​
  • FLOQ swabs (in Bead Tubes [in B.T])
    • Oropharyngeal area [Oral P]
    • Skin – Fur area
  • Tissues (in Bead Tubes [in B.T])
    • Lung
    • Mesenteric Lymph Nodes [MLN]
    • Spleen
    • Kidney
    • Salivary gland [SG]
    • Skin
  • Live animals
For sample preparation instructions, click here.
* BAC Cerberus recommends testing by Bacteriology methods. PCR may be used for confirmation testing where applicable.
Molecular Environmental Testing (EAD/Rack Plenum)
Advances in technology and reductions in cost are seeing more facilities gravitate towards novel health screening approaches such as Exhaust Air Dust (EAD) testing over more traditional methods such as soiled bedding sentinels (SBS). Cerberus PCR assays can detect a variety of viruses, bacteria and parasites in dust samples collected from rack plenum and commercial EAD filters.
For current prices, please contact us.
NOTE: The efficacy of EAD and rack plenum surveillance within animal facilities under real-world situations and conditions is yet to be verified. Initial studies conducted by Cerberus Sciences indicate this method may be unreliable for low prevalence, intermittently shed, and environmentally unstable agents. More studies are required on a wide range of pathogenic agents to determine the load limits of commercial filters and the detection limits of EAD PCR screening.
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