Preclinical surgery

Conducting high quality preclinical studies tailored to your research question

Animal models / study design

  • Wide range of standardized preclinical models for musculoskeletal research, infection research, and testing
  • Customized model development tailored to the study goal and research questions


Surgery / Anesthesia

  • Fully equipped surgical suites
  • Biosafety level 2 facilities


Post operative care

Housing and care facilities for:

  • Sheep
  • Rabbits
  • Rodents (conventional and IVC)
  • Minipigs
  • Goats

In vivo analysis

  • Digital radiography of hard tissue
  • Ultrasonography of soft and hard tissue
  • Computed tomography of all animal models in vivo and post mortem
  • Analysis of different blood parameters (eg, C reactive protein, serum level of antibiotics)

Intraoperative image of the placement of a surgical jig to create a standardized defect in the femur of a rat

Intraoperativeimage of a tibial defect stabilized with a custom made LCP in a sheep model


  • Team of Veterinary doctors including a European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ECLAM) board certified veterinarian
  • PhD doctorates supervising studies
  • Animal caregivers with up to 30 years of individual experience
  • Biologist MSc


  • ISO 9001
  • Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)


Ulrich Bentz

AO Research Institute Davos

Clavadelerstrasse 8

7270 Davos Platz


Tel.: +41 81 414 23 26


Biomechanical testing and modelling

Medical imaging

Histology, tissue morphology and microscopy

Tissue engineering and cell biology

Infection studies

Meet the team

Learn more about the staff of the AO Research Institute.