Pigs share many physiological, anatomical, and metabolic similarities to humans making them a great model. Recently, there has been an increased demand to use miniature pigs as a non-rodent species for pharmacology and toxicology studies as part of pre-clinical drug safety testing. Typically, these tests require more than 8 blood collection time points over a 24 hour period and the same pig may be used to evaluate multiple dose levels or for multiple studies resulting in many blood collections per animal. Additional blood vessel access may also be required for test articles administered intravenously (IV).

Poster: The Use of Modified Rat Vascular Access ButtonsTM to Refine Repeat Blood Sample Collection in Miniature Pigs