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Animal models, expertise, diagnostics and training

Improving, maintaining and protecting the health of pigs is a top priority for farmers, producer organizations, feed producers and pharmaceutical companies. However, despite all efforts, managing disease risk remains a challenge. Royal GD offers a unique combination of expertise, diagnostics and challenge models to help in understanding pig health. Our scientists have decades of experience in studying pathogens like E. coli, PRRSv, Influenza and Streptococcus suis. Our laboratory and animal facilities allow for screening of large numbers of samples as well as in depth studies on the efficacy and safety of feed additives or pharmaceutical products. Contact us today to learn how we can help you in understanding pig health.

Studies and animal models

Our multidisciplinary teams are qualified and experienced in conducting a wide range of studies in accordance with international standards, including efficacy studies, safety studies, field studies, marketing studies and clinical trials. We can contribute to all phases of the research - from project proposal to the delivery of the final report. We offer the following animal models:

  • Brachyspira hyodysenteriae model resulting in clinical signs of Brachyspira hyodysenteriae
  • E. coli post weaning diarrhea model
  • Swine Influenza model
  • Streptococcus suis serotype 9 model: this involves a carrier model and a clinical model

Our facilities

Diagnostics for diarrhea in pigs

We offer a wide range of laboratory services. For diarrhea in pigs we have the following laboratory tests available.

Pathogens E-swab Faeces FTA-card
Suckling piglet  Rota A
Clostridium perfringens toxin-gen CPA, CPB, CPB2
Panel of Diarrhea PCR incl. Rota A 
(productcode 11621) 
Panel of Diarrhea PCR incl. Rota A 
(productcode 11620) 
Panel of Diarrhea PCR incl. Rota A 
(productcode 11856) 

E. coli F4, F5, F6, F41
Clostridium perfringens toxin-gen CPA, CPB, CPB2
Panel of Diarrhea PCR
(productcode 11619) 
Panel of Diarrhea PCR
(productcode 11618) 
Panel of Diarrhea PCR
(productcode 11848) 
Weaning piglet
E. coli F4, F18, Stx2e
Panel of Diarrhea PCR
(productcode 11615)
Panel of Diarrhea PCR
(productcode 11614)
Panel of Diarrhea PCR 
(productcode 11847)
Finishers Salmonella spp
Lawsonia intracellularis
B. hyodysenteriae,
B. pilosicoli

PED virus
Panel of Diarrhea PCR With PED
(productcode 11617)
Panel of Diarrhea PCR With PED
(productcode 11616)
Panel of Diarrhea PCR With PED
(productcode 11850)

Salmonella spp
Lawsonia intracellularis
B. hyodysenteriae,
B. pilosicoli

Panel of Diarrhea PCR Without PED
(productcode 11613)
Panel of Diarrhea PCR Without PED
(productcode 11612)
Panel of Diarrhea PCR Without PED
(productcode 11858)

All swine products

Scientific posters

We regularly present scientific posters at several congresses throughout the year. Please find some of our studies below.

Our experts

Jobke van Hout

Jobke van Hout, DVM, PhD

"I studied Veterinairy Medicine at the University of Utrecht and got my PhD Veterinariy Medicine. My fields of interest are: pharmacology and pharmacotherapy with emphasis on antimicrobial drugs, antimicrobial resistance and infectious bacterial diseases." Read more

Lucía Dieste Pérez, DVM MSc PhD

"It's my aim to apply my knowledge and experience on diagnostics, epidemiology, swine medicine and oral microbiome, to improve pig health and to enable early detection and prevention of pig diseases." Read more

Tijs Tobias, DVM MSc PhD

"Optimal animal welfare and public health guarantees are essential preconditions, but are sometimes also at odds with each other. My passion is to combine data and clinical manifestations for more insight into animal diseases to improve animal health." Read more

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