There are many factors to consider when selecting, using, and analyzing data from an animal model. The CCTR's laboratories have extensive experience with animal models and can help you obtain your research goals in the most productive and efficient way.
In the Pre-Clinical Research Laboratory, our focus is on surgically modified animal models ranging from rodents to sheep and pigs. Our surgical procedures vary from placement of vascular catheters for drug studies to implantation of sophisticated medical devices. Most of the time, existing surgically modified animal models can be employed, but we can also develop a model for your unique research needs.
The Veterinary Clinical Trial support service facilitates the study of naturally occurring diseases in patients of the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital. The advantage of these spontaneous animal models is that they usually exhibit the full scope of characteristics of the analogous human disease. These disease models are often considered to be the closet to human disease. Such studies benefit both animal and human patients with the same disease.
The Histology Research Laboratory can help you with evaluation of gross pathology and histopathology regardless of the animal model or the chosen species. Our staff can advise you on the best strategies and histological techniques to analyze tissue samples of your animal model and our pathologists can help you with the interpretation of the salient histologic features.