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Swine Center: Research

The Swine Center not only serves as a valuable tool for experiential learning, but it also provides numerous research opportunities to students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. 


Research conducted at the Swine Center includes applied production-based research with the goal of improving production practices, pig well-being, and pork quality. One such study focuses on muscle biology and how changes in basic physiological processes could lead to improvements in pork and pork quality.

Outside of production-based research, students are also participating in biomedical research — using pigs as a model for the human body. Because pigs' physiological processes mimic that of humans, students have the opportunity to conduct scientifically significant biomedical research based out of the Swine Center.

You can find more information on the current research being conducted here at the Virginia Tech Swine Center under “People.”