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Core Facility for Large Animal Research

We assist scientists who want to do research on large animals.

Photo from surgery

Photo: Kristin Ellefsen, UiO

We aim at making large animal research feasible and affordable for those who are not proficient in this field. Researchers who wish to test their hypothesis in a large animal model can get help at our facility.

Equipment and Services

We provide facilities (fully equipped operation theatres), and can offer expertise and assistance in planning and conducting large animal research (rabbit, pig, piglet, dog).

We have state-of-the-art equipment and leading expertise.

Researchers at the facility are experienced in cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology, gastrointestinal physiology and pathophysiology, and cerebral ischemia.

We also aim at developing methodologies and services for gene transfer in large animals, and at providing robust and validated disease models.

The core facility provides service on equal conditions to all scientists within the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Sør-Øst RHF), as well as to scientists from University of Oslo. Regional and local users are given equal priority and the same prices.

The facility is a regional technological core facility supported by the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Sør-Øst RHF).


The core facility is comprised of two nodes located at Oslo University Hospital, one at Gaustad og one at Ullevål. They can be found at:

  • Institute for Surgical Research, Gaustad
  • Section for Preclinical Physiology, Institute for Experimental Medical Research, Ullevål.

For the most part, the nodes have the same areas of expertise.

Scientists seeking help to plan and conduct large animal research may contact the leader of one of the two nodes for more information, and to make appointment for a project meeting.

More information

More information can be found on the Core Facility for Large Animal Research web pages (OUS)


Published Sep. 18, 2018 10:59 AM - Last modified Oct. 4, 2021 10:49 AM