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Biosafety Level 2 Containment Facility
Biological safety levels range from 1 to 4. They are based on the infectious nature of the agents or organisms that laboratories work on and are designed to protect staff and the surrounding environment and community.
Our microbiology unit is one of a very few veterinary laboratories in the UK to be accredited as a Biosafety Level 2 Containment Facility. This means we can carry out studies involving highly infectious and hazardous pathogens, which a typical lab cannot.
For example, we’re able to work with Salmonella and Echinococcus granulosus.
Our staff who work in the facility have completed specialist training in the safe handling of pathogenic agents, contaminated equipment and disposables.