A Review Of Animal Laboratory Practice In The COVID-19 Era And Safety Concerns

Document Type : Review


1 Urology Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Geriatric Medicine, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences

3 UroScience and Department of Surgery (Urology), School of Medical Sciences, University of Campinas, Unicamp, and Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, PUC-Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil



The research in biomedical sciences is based on basic research on animals. As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, many research projects involving animal studies have faced interruptions due to the raised concerns about safety of working with animals; the disruption in such research projects have raised significant concerns in biomedical scientific research worldwide. It seems necessary to assess and evaluate the safety and feasibility of conducting research projects on animal models. This study provides evidence on the feasibility of continuing the research activities in animal laboratories during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the results of studies, the risk of COVID-19 is low in routine laboratory animals, including mice, rats and pigs.
By examining the available data from our animal laboratory, continuing research activities on low risk animals, with adequate safety and personal protection equipment being available at the facility, the animal studies could be carried forward without endangering the safety of researcher and the society.