About This Program

Audience | Goal | Objectives | Acknowledgments

Primary Audience

Investigators, Research Technicians, Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians.


To provide the viewer with information on the origin, biology, anatomy and biomethodology of the guinea pig and some uses of the guinea pig in research.


Upon completion of the program, you should be able to:

  1. recognize the common strains and varieties of guinea pigs.

  2. describe normal behavior of the guinea pig.

  3. describe unique anatomical and physiological features of the guinea pig.

  4. state the age at first breeding for the sow and boar, the gestation length and the weaning age or body weight of the guinea pig.

  5. state five uses of the guinea pig in research and state the characteristics that make the guinea pig a useful animal model.

  6. describe the proper technique to handle and restrain the guinea pig.

  7. identify preferred sites for parenteral injections and blood collection in the guinea pig.

  8. list two drugs which can be safely used to anesthetize the guinea pig and state their advantages over other drugs.

  9. describe signs of pain in the guinea pig. 10. list three drugs which may be used as analgesics in the guinea pig.

  10. describe two humane ways in which guinea pigs may be euthanatized.


The authors express appreciation to the following individuals who contributed images to this program:

J. E. Wagner, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri

C. W. McPherson, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University

J. E. Harkness, College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University

Howard Wilson, University of Missouri, for assistance in photography and image preparation.

Previous contributors to the original ACLAM image series.

This program was supported in part by grants RR 00471 and RR 07004 from the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

Audience | Goal | Objectives | Acknowledgments

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