The laboratory of Applied Veterinary Morphology focuses on animal-centered research. Research on non-rodent animal models during (pre- and postnatal) development, i.c. (mini)pig and zebrafish, can significantly contribute to the unraveling of certain human pathological conditions (such as prematurity, malformations and gastrointestinal disorders). In addition, these research results provide insight into the equivalent veterinary but also zootechnical disorders (such intrauterine growth retardation and wasting) . Finally, a better understanding of the developmental changes within these animal models will assist in the interpretation of preclinical data.