The Animal Research Service (SEA by its Spanish initials) provides support for lecturers and scientists who need to use animals in their research.
The Animal Research Service is responsible for:
- The breeding, acquisition and supply of animals for research and training.
- Technical counselling in laboratory animal science.
- Supervising the compliance with national regulations on using animals for research or other scientific aims.
- Taking care of the quality of biological reagents.
- Training all personnel using animals in their facilities.
- Managing finances, administration and personnel attached to the service.
- Ensuring that all animals are treated, handled and used with care.
- Promoting the principles of Bioethics and ensuring that animals are only used when strictly necessary by offering alternative options and the improvement of experimental techniques.
In addition, the genetically modified mice (GMO) unit, as part of the SEA, assists the research teams of the University of Salamanca. It provides the different scientific groups and biotechnological companies of our region innovative, specific and qualified technology, aimed at the breeding of knock-out/knock-in transgenic mice.
The regulations set out in the Spanish Royal Decree 1201/2005 govern the SEA; while Directive 2010/63/EU dictates the requirements on its management and the guidelines on care and housing of animals, necessary registers and quarterly reports on the animals used.
You can download forms and documents by clicking on the following link (in Spanish).