The guinea pig is a popular companion animal and a common research model. Guinea pigs are useful in reproductive studies because they share many reproductive traits with human beings. This article reviews anatomy and physiology of the guinea pig reproductive tract and summarizes some clinically significant medical problems.
Dr. Mark Suckow is Director of Research Animal Resources and a Professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Suckow is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine with more than 25 years of experience in laboratory animal medicine, research with a variety of animal models, management of laboratory animal facilities and programs, as well as animal facility design and management. Dr. Suckow is a Past-President of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners. He has numerous professional publications and Awards to his name, including the textbook The Laboratory Rabbit, Guinea Pig, Hamster, and Other Rodents.