Large Animal Models Core

Large Animal Core Photo

The Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease (CGIBD) Large Animal Models Core provides consultation and procedural expertise on development on novel models of relevant digestive diseases in large animals.

Consultation services include the following: 

  • Selection of the optimal animal for the digestive disease of interest
  • Analysis of costs
  • Estimation of feasibility and outcome
  • Estimation of time frame to completion of the model
  • Assistance with Institutional Animal Care and Use applications
  • Consultation on large animal transgenics


Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD

Liara Gonzalez, DVM, PhD

Tiffany Pridgen, MS
Core Manager

The Large Animal Models Core utilizes the Central Procedures Laboratory within Laboratory Animal Resources at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. This ensures the ability to order, house, care for, and work with larger animals such as pigs. Services offered include:

  • State-of-the-art anesthetic techniques and monitoring 
  • Laparotomy and laparoscopy
  • Advanced anastomotic techniques
  • Endoscopic procedures
  • Imaging (Radiography, ultrasound, CT, MRI within the Veterinary Hospital)
  • Radiation (linear accelerator within the Veterinary Hospital