Preclinical, Imaging & Research Laboratories

The Preclinical, Imaging & Research Laboratories (PIRL) are your gateway to research excellence.

Our staff have extensive experience in preclinical and veterinary research.

We offer a range of expertise to a broad spectrum of local and international clients including universities, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and grant funded scientists.

Facility capabilities revolve around Research Support and include:

  • Contract research conducted to OECD Principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)
  • ISO 9001 (2015) accreditation
  • In-house access to surgical expertise
  • Preclinical Testing/R&D services/fee-for-service
  • Animal Ethics Committee consultation and advice
  • Radiation Safety
  • OGTR compliance: Physical Containment Level 2 (PC2) and Quality Approved Premises
  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources compliance and applications
  • Surgery & Surgical Workshops
  • Animal Health Monitoring (ComPath)
  • Imaging including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), CT/Positron Emission Tomography (PET), X-ray, multipurpose fluoroscopy lab, Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA), Image Intensifiers, Ultrasound
  • Ability to source and order species from reputable suppliers (sheep, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, GM rodents, alpacas and other species upon request)


Our experienced team has the skills to offer Research Support on all levels in a broad spectrum of projects. The level of support and service provided is tailored as required to each individual project.

Our team includes:

  • The Director of PIRL, an experienced veterinary surgeon
  • Quality personnel to ensure all regulatory guidelines are met
  • PhD qualified scientists who manage projects, assist in the preparation of regulatory applications and advise on experimental design
  • Experienced Surgical/Animal Technicians who offer the highest level in animal care
  • NIF Facility Fellows who can advise on and perform all imaging requirements

Support services include:

  • Support and advice from Veterinary Surgeons
  • Preparation of ethics applications
  • Preparation of regulatory applications to the OGTR and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Advice with experimental design
  • Development of surgical techniques
  • Training, teaching, workshops
  • Collaborative research

Contact us for more information on how we can facilitate your research.

Large animal imaging:

  • Siemens Skyra 3T MRI
  • Siemens CT/PET
  • Philips Brilliance CT
  • Plain film radiography
  • Siemens fluoroscopy and multipurpose surgical suite/cardiac catheterisation laboratory
  • Philips Veradius/Endura image intensifiers
  • 4D Medical Permetium (preclinical lung scanner)
  • Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) unit

Small animal imaging:

  • Bruker Albira PET/SPECT
  • Bruker 1T Icon MRI
  • Bruker SkyScan microCT (µCT)
  • IVIS Spectrum optical imaging
  • echoMRI body composition analysis
  • RS2000 Irradiator

101 Blacks Road, Gilles Plains, SA 5086

+61 8 8128 4627