Pigs are a good animal model for research into new treatments for diseases and for clinical validation of medical and surgical devices. Over the past decades, they have been used more and more, attracting the interest of scientists around the world.
Why the swine model and not another?
- Physiological and physical similarity to human beings
- Easy to handle (behaviour)
- Good models available for specific pathologies
- Good knowledge of the animal
- More socially acceptable than other animal models
They are mainly used in the following areas of biomedicine:
- Pharmacology: pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, toxicology studies and disease models
- Surgery: to study new surgical techniques, minimally invasive surgical techniques, transplants or surgical robotics
- Testing and validating medical devices
- Food: developing new functional foods