Animal Production and Experimentation

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As a research platform, the Animal Experimentation Service provides support to all the research projects at the University of Navarra, the Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA) and the Clínica Universidad de Navarra that require the use of animals. Its facilities are registered as a center that uses animals for experimentation purposes in accordance with RD 53/2013.

The service has a total of 4,000 m2 located in three different buildings that contain housing with barriers for rodents and conventional housing for higher mammals. It has facilities authorized for carrying out work on animals that requires biosafety levels 2 and 3, as well as facilities with authorization to carry out studies using good laboratory practices (GLP). All service staff members have the professional training required to work with animals in accordance with RD 1201/2005.

All the research procedures conducted at the center are evaluated by the University of Navarra's Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation, which was created in accordance with RD 53/2013, and are authorized by the Regional Government of Navarra if so required.

The experimental and care procedures for the service animals are evaluated in accordance with the guidelines on animal welfare in European Directive 2010/63/EU and RD 53/2013.

Respect for animals and human dignity

Biomedical research has three major sequential stages: in vitro, research on animals and research in humans (clinical trials). Science, social awareness and the ethical-legal framework have made it necessary to adopt the 3R principles: reduce the number of animals for experimentation to the minimum required, replace them whenever possible with other reliable verification methods, and refine the conditions and treatment of animals. Vaccinations, analgesics, transfusions, anesthesia, transplants and other decisive medical advances for humanity have been produced after animal testing. Doing research to find a cure includes the challenge of reconciling respect for animals and the dignity of human life.