New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
Emergencies & Appointments:
Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA


Professor, Department of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Director of the University Animal Laboratory Resources, University of Pennsylvania

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine

Research Areas: Laboratory Animal Medicine, Viral infections,

Contact Information:
177E Old Vet Quadrangle, M.C. 6009
3800 Spruce Street

Clinical care expertise in the veterinary care, diseases, pathology, husbandry and experimental use of a wide variety of animal species, including mice, rats and primates. Additional, non-research areas of expertise include vivarial management, vivarial design and construction, renovation and construction grant applications and other related topics.

Dr. Gaertner has expertise in the pathogenesis of viral infections of rodents specializing in rats. She has performed hands-on work with rodent parvoviruses (KRV,and other isolates) in vivo and with rodent coronaviruses (Sialodacryoadenitis virus isolates) in vivo and in vitro including production of a cloned cell line which supports the growth of new isolates from infected rats. She also has expertise in biology and diseases of a wide variety of laboratory animals, including the containment of infectious disease outbreaks and pathologic lesions.

Gaertner, D.J. and K. D. Moody Amending IACUC Protocols The IACUC Handbook : , 2007.

Gaertner, D.J., Otto, G and Batchelder, M Quality Assurance and Outbreak Management for Mice The Laboratory Mouse Second Edition: , 2006.

Jacoby, R.O. and D.J. Gaertner Viral Diseases The Laboratory Rat 2nd Edition: , 2005.

Gaertner, D.J. Speculations on why some laboratory rodent pathogens continue to be prevalent Contemp. Topics in Lab. Anim. Sci. 43: 8, 2004.

Gaertner, D.J. Excellent husbandry and veterinary care for laboratory animals - more important than ever Contemp. Topics in Lab. Anim. Sci. 42: 7, 2003.

Gaertner, D.J. Setting biohazard guidelines in a facility: A Catch 22 Contemp. Topics in Lab. Anim. Sci. 42: 8, 2003.

D.J. Gaertner, M. Batchelder, L. Herbst and H. Kaufman. Administration of vaccinia virus to mice may cause contact or bedding sentinels mice to test positive for orthopox virus antibodies: case report and follow up investigation Comp. Med 53: 85-88, 2003.

Gaertner, D.J. Value for money in mouse housing systems versus following the trend Contemp. Topics in Lab. Anim. Sci. 41: 7-8, 2002.

Shek, W.R. and D. J. Gaertner Quality Assurance Laboratory Animal Medicine 2nd Edition: , 2002.

Gaertner, D.J., T.M. Hallman, F.C. Hankenson and M. A. Batchelder Anesthesia and Analgesia for Laboratory Rodents Anesthesia and Analgesia for Laboratory Animals (ACLAM “Blue Book” series) Second Edition: , References submitted to publishers on 6/2007.

D.V.M. (Veterinary Medicine) University of Missouri at Columbia, MO, 1979