Specialized Equipment and Facilities


VIDO offers aerobiology services to researchers examining Risk Group 2 and 3 pathogens by inhalation exposure. Our facility has containment level 2 (CL2) capacity, three large animal containment level 3 (CL3) animal rooms and a CL3 laboratory supplied with breathing air for work in a positive pressure suit. The CL3 laboratory is also equipped with a Class III Biological Safety Cabinet (Glovebox) connected to a Madison chamber for aerosol animal model challenge studies.

Animal Accommodations: 

VIDO has state-of-the-art animal accommodations capable of housing most animal species. This includes our 160 acre research farm (CL2) and our InterVac facility —one of the largest CL3 facilities with large animal capacity in the world. These facilities are maintained and operated by a specialized team that includes veterinarians and animal care technicians

Imaging & Cellular Analysis:

We have a range of specialized equipment to study immune response and host-pathogen interactions in both CL2 and CL3.  This includes flow cytometry, cell sorting and analysis, confocal microscopy and small live animal imaging.

Select Agent Lab:

VIDO has the physical requirements and capacity to develop procedures required to work with Select Agents as classified by the American Federal Select Agent Program.