The PRBB Animal Facility supports the animal experimentation carried out by the centres of the park and is one of the most complex and automated in Europe. Its 4,500 m2 are organised into six areas that house mice, rats, rabbits, zebrafish (Danio rerio) and Xenopus frogs.
Animal welfare is one of the PRBB’s fundamental commitments. That is why, in addition to complying with the corresponding official regulations, the animal facility has expert veterinary staff who ensure optimal animal health and welfare conditions.
Anyone performing an experiment involving animals must take a special course, and all studies must be pre-approved by the Ethics Committee for Animal Experiments (CEEA-PRBB).
The PRBB laboratory animal care and use programme is fully accredited by the International Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). This is the highest international certification in this field and recognises the quality of the centre's operation, which translates into better practices and research results, as well as improved animal welfare.
The PRBB has signed the Transparency Agreement for the Use of Animals in Scientific Experiments, promoted by the Confederation of Scientific Societies of Spain (Confederación de Sociedades Científicas de España; COSCE) in collaboration with the European Animal Research Association (EARA).
The capacities of the PRBB animal facility meets the needs of the critical mass of researchers at the park, but also provides services to external public and private entities. Please contact the director of the animal facility (see above) so that feasability and requirements (ethical committees, biosafety, etc.) can be checked.