Japanese
Yamaguchi University, Joint Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Laboratory Animal Science

Faculty

TOHRU KIMURA, PhD, DVM, DJCLAM
Professor, Laboratory Animal Science

Our Lab

Our research subjects are as follows: development of laboratory animals, dermatology, plastic surgery, clinical nutrition, clinical comparative medicine, decontamination methods, laboratory animal technology and relief activities of animals. We have been investigating these subjects with an emphasis on application and practicality. Laboratory animal science and laboratory animal medicine are interdisciplinary in learning and applying other veterinary technical knowledge. Morphology, clinical laboratory medicine microbiology and image diagnosis are essential for understanding the subjects to be described later. Our animal experiments contain companion animals, livestock and exhibition animals, as well as laboratory animals. For the highly reproducible experiments, it is important to use well-characterized and quality-proofed animals. For this purpose, it is necessary to provide air condition, care for animal health, and prevention of infectious diseases. The animal care and use program at the Advanced Research Center for Laboratory Animal Science in Yamaguchi University has been accredited by AAALAC International since 2018.

Research Interests

  • The effects of balneotherapy on animals
  • Elucidation of pathophysiology on fatty liver
  • Development of veterinary diagnostic reagents for serum amyloid A protein
  • Diagnosis and treatment of laboratory and zoo animals
  • The development of animal models in dermatology and plastic surgery
  • Wound healing in the skin of these laboratory animals
  • Clinocopathological study on obesity in companion animals
  • The study on pregnancy toxemia in guinea pigs
  • The investigation on SIRT1-mediated functional substance (NMN) in extension of the canine healthy life expectancy
  • Development of new technology on the care and management of laboratory animals
  • Environmental control of laboratory animals
  • Development of decontamination methods as an alternative to formaldehyde fumigation