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Institute for Animal health - Animal isolation facilities

Pigs (IAH)

Animal isolation facilities

Institute for Animal Health

Ash Road, Pirbright, Woking

Surrey GU24 0NF

Laboratory involved: IAH Pirbright

Research topics

Viral diseases of cattle, sheep and pigs, e.g. Foot-and-mouth disease, African swine fever, Bluetongue

Contact person

Bryan Charleston

Research group leader

Activities and services

Studies involving viral infections in cattle, sheep and pigs

Description of the access to provide

The IAH Pirbright laboratory has two large animal containment facilities for work with pathogens up to SAPO 4 or hazard group 3. These building provide accommodation for approximately 60 animals (200 to 400 kg) and associated post-mortem rooms.

In addition, there is accommodation for small laboratory animals up to SAP 4 containment. Studies will be performed by institute staff under the authority of existing licences, please check which types of studies can be performed under the authority of these licences. Small modifications of these licences may be possible. Studies usually last up to a maximum of 6 weeks.
N° of access to provide :12

Number of participants accepted:

One animal study can be performed during each unit of time, more than one participant may be accommodated if their needs are compatible with the study design.

Travel and subsistence costs

Travel, accommodation, subsistence may be possible in full or part for the duration of the studies

Conditions of participant involvement

Background knowledge in sheep immunology, sheep infectious disease, immune mechanism or livestock immunogenetics research is required.

After the end of each project the candidate will:

  • Submit a short report
  • Fill a questionnaire available on-line at:
  • The participant is entitled to publish the results of its work at the infrastructure in the open literature.All publications resulting from the project should acknowledge this EC-support by mentioning : “The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community‘s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 228394”
  • Proprietary research (research where results are not generally available to the public or only made available under confidentiality arrangements) cannot be supported.
  • Travel and subsistence expenses linked to the access will be reimbursed upon approval of the report. Reimbursements will be done according to administrative rules of each hosting organisation.
  • For more information about transnational access conditions, see the ANNEX III to the Grant Agreement - Infrastructures

Joint publication may be requested depending on the degree on input by IAH staff.

Infrastructure ethical rules

A brief study outline will be scrutinised to ensure ethical and legal compliance.

See also

Infrastructure website: