Animal Experimentation Unit

Animal Experimentation Unit

  • Services and Equipment

The Animal Experimentation Unit is intended for the breeding and maintenance of animals to be used in experimental procedures by researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences of the URV, and researchers from the IISPV. The facilities have an area of 220 m2 and are located in building 0 of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

It has been designed and built according to the regulations established by the Generalitat de Catalunya in Decree 214/97, of 20 July, and is registered with the Department of the Environment under no. T9900003.

Dra. Celeste Di Paolo
Degree in Biochemistry, PhD from Rovira i Virgili University and member of the URV / IISPV Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation. He has been in charge of the Animal Experimentation Unit since 2015.

The Animal Experimentation Unit is equipped with the appropriate facilities to offer:

  • Rearing and keeping small rodents (rats and mice) intended to be used in experimental procedures.
  • Ensure proper care of animals and control their welfare and health status.
  • Ensure the application of the criteria of the three Rs (3R): reduction, refinement and replacement of the use of animals intended to be used in procedures.
  • Advise and provide technical support to the users of the Unit.
  • Guarantee that all the ethical and legal standards established in the legislation in force in the European Union, in the Spanish State and Catalonia are met.

The facilities can be used by all research staff duly accredited by the Generalitat de Catalunya and linked to research procedures with experimental animals from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences or the Sant Joan de Reus and Joan university hospitals. XXIII of Tarragona.

Learn how to get accreditation for handling experimental animals.

The Unit has four independent housing areas where small rodents can be housed and two acclimatization or quarantine areas, all with controlled conditions of temperature, humidity and light / dark cycles.

The installation also consists of two operating rooms with CO2 line and laminar flow booths, a laboratory equipped to perform behavior tests (aquatic labyrinth, cages for five-choice tests, cameras for detecting and recording the movement of animals, etc.), metabolic cages and motor activity assessment equipment, as well as a washing area and a warehouse.



Veterinarian and wellness consultant: Hernán Serna

Responsible: Celeste Di Paolo

Caregivers: Esperança Chernichero i Juan València

Facultat de Medicina i Ciències de la Salut
Edifici O – 3a planta
c/ Sant Llorenç, 21. 43201 Reus
43003 Tarragona

Schedule: de dilluns a divendres de 8 a 15 h


Phone: 977 75 93 39