This position ensures the health and freedom from subclinical infectious diseases of a daily census of more than 120,000 mice and 1,000 rats housed in approximately 500 housing rooms on the Philadelphia campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Healthy rodents free of subclinical diseases are needed by scientists utilizing rodents based in 6 Schools at Penn. Rodents are housed in 16 vivaria plus 30 IACUC-approved Satellite Housing locations across the Philadelphia campus, and small numbers may also be housed at the New Bolton Center campus. Each area housing research rodents includes rodent sentinel animals which receive soiled bedding and are tested 4 times per year for exposure to rodent viral, bacte
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