The Animal Facility and Experimental Surgery Unit constitutes a Research and Teaching Support Service whose main purpose is to guarantee that all studies performed with animal models are carried out in a way that ensures the utmost quality and safeguards the welfare of the animals involved. The Unit serves all Researchers working at the Institute and other centers.
The main mission of the Animal Facility and Experimental Surgery Unit is to support all research and training activities involving the use of experimental animals for which an adequate justification is provided, assessing their opportunity based on their potential benefits.
All animals housed in the vivarium are kept in accordance with the provisions set forth in the Spanish National Legislation on the protection of animals used in experiments and for other scientific purposes (Spanish Royal Decree 53/2013 and Spanish Law 32/2007). The Unit’s housing and handling conditions abide with the Recommendations of the European Commission of June 18, 2007. Since 2007, we have an Animal Welfare Committee registered with number ES280790001164.
The Unit is responsible for the following:
- Providing an accommodation for the housing and care of the experimental animals that ensures their welfare.
- Performing periodic health checks to keep the animals in good conditions and, therefore, obtain reliable and reproducible results.
- Meeting the needs of its users by providing the necessary counseling and equipment for the conduct of their research with the experimental animals.
- Ensuring compliance with all legal and ethical standards concerning the use of animals in experiments and for other scientific purposes, including teaching.