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Laboratory Animal Service (LAS)

Research and teaching relating to the use of rodent laboratory animals are concentrated at the Laboratory Animal Service, which is located in the Cellex Building. The LAS is a latest-generation facility, built in 2015. It occupies a total area of 1,347 m2 which enables it to currently house 3,366 mouse cages and 180 rat cages, with an estimated maximum capacity of 5,800 mouse cages and 500 rat cages.

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Facilities

This capacity is divided up into seven experimental areas, a technical material-sterilisation and management area, an administrative area, a refrigeration storage area and an area for types III and IV waste. All these areas are distributed between the ground floor and the two underground floors, enabling experimental procedures to be conducted under various biosafety – specific-pathogen free (SPF), conventional and biosafety level 2 (BSL2) – and microbiological conditions.

In addition, it also has a preclinical imaging platform (PIP) with rodent-dedicated optical-, tomographic-, ultrasound- and positron-emission imaging teams.

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Team

The LAS’s human team consists of a unit, an appointed veterinary surgeon, experts specialising in rodent-colony management and experimental models, care staff personal and staff from the technical, support and cleaning area.

On the other hand, the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) also has an Ethics committee on animal experimentation (CEEA).

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Animal Facility

The purpose of the Animal Facility is to:

  • Offer accommodation for the maintenance, care and well-being of experimentation animals.
  • Carry out periodic health controls to keep the animals in a good state of health and thereby obtain reliable and reproducible results.
  • Meet the needs of users by providing them with the advice and facilities required for conducting their research with experimentation animals.
  • Guarantee compliance with every legal and ethical rule relating to the use of animals for experimentation and for other scientific purposes.

Rates

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Current Rates

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LAS 2019 Rates

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LAS 2016 Rates

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