The animal house meets all current regulations for the protection of animals used for experiments and other scientific and teaching objectives and for the places where these activities take place (Spanish Royal Decree 53/2013). Its main mission is to support scientific research and teaching, supplying the health and university systems, as well as other research centres and companies, with animals kept under close monitoring and constant environmental conditions, as well as other related-services they require for research and teaching purposes.
This facility serves not only researchers of Cruces University Hospital but also public and private organisations that are part of the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network (centres for cooperative research [CICs], and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, among others) that need to house vertebrates treating them with respect and strictly adhering to regulations on animal protection and experiments (for more information, see the portfolio of services offered)
The animal house of Cruces University Hospital is listed on the official register of breeding centres, suppliers and user of animals for experimental and other scientific purposes (Order, 25 June 1991), as a user establishment with reference number EU-03.BI and on the general registry of livestock farms (Spanish Royal Decree 479/2004), with reference number ES. 480130006325.
The members of staff of the Animal Facility are authorised by the relevant authorities and have the skills to perform the functions established in Spanish Royal Decree 53/2013. They have extensive experience in the breeding and handling of a range of relevant animal species, and have access to external veterinary expertise. Further, they are authorised and registered by the relevant authority in relation to the care of animals during transport to the facility, in compliance with European Council Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005.
The use of animals, including in the execution of experimental procedures, for research and other scientific purposes, is supervised and authorised by the Hospital Body Responsible for Animal Welfare (OEBA), established on 9 February 2015, with the objective of ensuring adherence to regulations regarding the use of animals under professional codes of practice and ethical criteria.