Chapter 32. Pigs and Minipigs

  1. Robert Hubrecht and
  2. James Kirkwood
  1. Wolfgang Holtz

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch32

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Holtz, W. (2010) Pigs and Minipigs, in The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition (eds R. Hubrecht and J. Kirkwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch32

Editor Information

  1. UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Animal Science, Georg-August-University, Albrecht-Thaer-Weg 3, 37075 Goettingen, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175234

Online ISBN: 9781444318777

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Keywords:

  • pigs and minipigs;
  • modern domestic pigs - varieties of species Sus scrofahaving 38 (2N) chromosomes;
  • domestic pigs - prolific and reproducing at all times of the year;
  • young gilts and pregnant sows - usually housed in groups;
  • socialisation within groups and establishment of social hierarchy - behavioural traits of free-ranging pigs;
  • existing systems for disease control in pigs - improving economy of farming operations;
  • Live Animals Regulations by International Air Transport Association (IATA);
  • nutrient requirements - for animals of different ages and reproductive status differing;
  • administration of drugs - involving restraint of animals;
  • euthanasia - inducing rapid unconsciousness and death of animal without pain or distress

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological overview

  • Standard biological data

  • Sources of supply

  • Uses in the laboratory

  • Laboratory management and breeding

  • Laboratory procedures

  • Common welfare problems

  • Further reading

  • References