Swine Research Technology Centre

About Us

On behalf of the University of Alberta and its partners in swine research, welcome to the Swine Research and Technology Centre (SRTC). The SRTC, completed in February 2002, is the consolidation of swine-based research programs that were previously housed in 8 different buildings on 2 separate sites, including the previous Sinclair Swine Research Unit. The $5.2M of funding for the SRTC included contributions from a variety of governmental and industry supporters, most notably $1M from Alberta Pork on behalf of the pork producers of Alberta.

Major infrastructure grants were received from Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (AAFRD) Animal Industry Division, Intellectual Infrastructure Partnership Program (IIPP) funding from Alberta Innovation and Science and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Crucial industry partner funding came from numerous sources supporting the project: DGH Engineering, Feed-Rite, Genex Swine, Gowans Feed Consulting, Intervet USA, Lonzagroup, Pfizer Animal Health, Prairie Rim Manufacturing, and Wyeth Animal Health


Our mission is “to serve the community and industry through excellence in teaching, research and technology transfer.”

Core Research

SRTC research programs center on nutrition and metabolism, feeds and feedstuff utilization, and reproduction and breeding herd management. The SRTC provides research animals to biomedical research programs in other university departments, and we are equipped to accommodate biomedical research projects on site. The SRTC also supports teaching programs for graduate and undergraduate students, and we welcome volunteers who wish to gain experience in the swine industry and livestock handling.