CENTAUR The Large Animal Survival Surgery Facility (LASSF), located on the UC Davis campus, is a team of professionals devoted to providing quality research and teaching opportunities through the responsible use of animals.  LASSF is a facility where quality science merges with animal welfare, and is dedicated to improving the lives of both animals and mankind.  We have an on-site full-time veterinarian overseeing and participating in research projects along with highly specialized technical support staff with extensive experience in surgery and anesthesia. The LASSF collaborates with academic and industry partners.

Contact: Linda Talken, latalken@ucdavis.edu


  • Surgical services
  • Intrauterine surgery in the ovine model
  • Proof of concept
  • Prototype development
  • Safety
  • Efficacy
  • Device validation and verification
  • Training
  • Animal model based training
  • Didactic training
  • Sponsor designed product-specific instructional courses
  • Surgeon-to-surgeon training
  • Pre-clinical testing
  • Biocompatibility