Experimental Surgery Unit

​The Department of Experimental Medicine operates a fully staffed experimental surgical facility with state-of-the-art anaesthesia and monitoring equipment for six operating tables for large animals. 


​This is a much sought after facility as popular among clinical scientists as among surgeons organising training activities for future specialists in various surgical disciplines.

Assistance ​with surgery

The unit staff members have extensive knowledge and experience in the use of pigs in surgery, research and education. The staff consists of two veterinary nurses, who manage the majority of the practical aspects in the unit, as well as veterinarians from AEM who oversee daily operations.
The highly trained and experienced staff can assist with all basic surgical procedures and many specialist procedure can be performed.

Standard procedures​

  • Anaesthesia of pigs: pre-induction, VAP venflon in ear, intubation, induction, maintenance
  • Assistance with all types of operations
  • Blood taking - arteries and veins
  • Removing various organs including brain and skin 

Placing of various catheters 

  • V. jugularis int. and ext. (also permanent)
  • carotid (also permanent)
  • V. subclavius and axillaris
  • Swan-Ganz
  • V. hepatica
  • V. renalis
  • V. mesenterica
  • femoralis
  • V. femoralis
  • V. porta catheter
  • Urinary catheter
  • Urether catheter
  • Spinal cannula
  • Coronary catheter (open)
  • Ductus panceaticus catheter
  • Gall bladder catheter 


  • ABL (1)
  • Anaesthesia apparatus (3 new and 3 older)
  • Monitoring
  • Autoclave (1)
  • Mobile C-arm X-ray system (1)
  • Diathermia equipment (6)
  • Camera and monitor (1)
  • Surgical instruments (6 complete sets)
  • Laparoscopy apparatus (2)
  • Lights: Surgical and ergonomical lights (in all rooms)
  • Operating tables (3 new and 3 older)
  • Dishwasher for the decontamination of instruments (1)
  • Various utensils and consumables such as sutures, sterile equipment etc. 

Contact information

Facility Manager Karin Kold; 

Experimental Surgery Unit
University of Copenhagen
Blegdamsvej 3B
DK-2200 Copenhagen N
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