Transporting anesthetized pigs in a laboratory setting often requires strenuous manual lifting, posing a hazard to the safety of animal care personnel and to the welfare of the pigs. The authors developed an improved approach to lifting and transporting anesthetized pigs weighing up to 350 kg using mechanical lifts. Different equipment was used to accommodate pigs of different sizes as well as the building designs of three animal facilities. Using the lifts, anesthetized pigs are carried on sheets to maintain their comfort while being transported. The approach refines previous methods for handling and transporting anesthetized pigs and reduces the risk of injury to personnel.
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We thank our staff at our animal facilities for enthusiastically working with the new equipment and making it a success. We also thank Uffe Vest Schneider, MD, PhD, and Anne Charlotte Teilmann, DVM, for reading and commenting on the manuscript.
The authors declare no competing financial interests.
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Schumacher-Petersen, C., Hammelev, K. & Flescher, J. An improved method for lifting and transporting anesthetized pigs within an animal facility. Lab Anim 43, 237–241 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/laban.531