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A large animal research facility

The CORE Animal Research Facility offers advice and support from planning up to and including the conduct of animal research on behalf of biomedical research, education and Life Sciences Industry.

Services include the following:

Support on experimental design

Guidance on the application at the Animal Ethics Committee

Support on the preparation of study plans

Supply of most common laboratory animals and animal products

Anaesthesia support for small and large animals

Rodent surgery including microsurgery

Large animal surgery

Postoperative animal care

Drug administration

Blood/sample collection

Assistance in demonstrations and training courses

Unit for breeding unique genetically modified rodent strains

SPF (Specific Pathogen Free) unit for rodents. SPF-housing for large animals is also possible

Ghent University is convinced of the added value animal research has on the development of knowledge at the benefit of humans and animals. However, this belief does not prevent the need for researchers to find ways to, as much as possible, reduce the number of laboratory animals and the suffering and distress these animals experience. Ghent University aims for a research setting without laboratory animals.


In 2019 Ghent University signed the Transparency Agreement on animal research in Belgium. In this way, our university commits itself to communicate and inform clearly and openly about animal testing, the alternatives and the relevant legislation. Doing this is in the interest of the research community, the animals and society.

Prof. Frederic Clement: 
+32 9 332 49 90
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