About us

Today, Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs A/S is an international company not only supplying Göttingen Minipigs of the highest health standards to biomedical research, but also a partner in research studies.


An international company

Today Göttingen Minipigs are fully recognized as an established animal model by all regulatory authorities worldwide. High health, welfare, quality, knowledge, and service standards have turned Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs A/S into a leading international company supplying Göttingen Minipigs for biomedical research around the world, in close cooperation with our dedicated partners.

Besides breeding Göttingen Minipigs, our products and services have evolved significantly since the exclusive licensing agreement was signed in 1991. Today our offerings include:

  • Biological material and blood samples from Göttingen Minipigs
  • Genetically altered Göttingen Minipigs
  • Development of animal models
  • Surgery and services
  • Project management (proof of concept, early-phase study development, etc.)
  • Educational courses and practical learnings


The breeding today

The breeding today

Genetic management is still required in order to minimise inbreeding and drift and to maintain the genetic integrity of the population. The genetics for the entire breeding population is still managed in Göttingen and all breeding data dates back to the 1960s when the species was developed.

The entire breeding population is found in four physical locations: Dalmose, Denmark; Göttingen, Germany; North Rose, New York, USA; and Tokyo, Japan. Despite separation into sub-populations, Göttingen Minipigs remain genetically coherent across continents, enabling comparison of scientific results over both time and distances.

From our AAALAC accredited facility in Denmark, we breed Göttingen Minipigs and enable the development of safer and more effective medicines, all based on our core values: Animal welfare, quality, respect, and collaboration.

The breeding today
Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs

Core values

Animal Welfare

  • We live out a culture of care maximizing the well-being of our animals.
  • We are passionate about constantly improving and refining our animal welfare, being foundational to everything we do.


  • We provide outstanding products and services adding premium value to our customers.
  • We relentlessly stay focused on the needs of our business partners.


  • We listen, learn and take action maintaining a high standard of integrity to keep our company a diverse and inclusive place to work.
  • We support and encourage a safe, stimulating, and open working environment. 


  • We strive to be an organization where different minds, perspectives, backgrounds, and competencies create value and thrive together.
  • We engage in close partnerships with our stakeholders to make a difference and to achieve shared goals. 

Code of Conduct for Suppliers

We are committed to conducting business with the highest standards of ethics and integrity. Our suppliers play a critical role in our success, and we expect them to share our commitment to ethical business practices and sustainability. This Supplier Code of Conduct outlines the principles and standards that we expect our suppliers to adhere to when doing business with us.

Download Code of Conduct for Suppliers.

Contact us

Are you curious to know more about the scientific services we provide? Contact us for more information about how we can support your study.