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Maintenance and development of colonies of small animals

It hosts several species of small animals (rodents, rabbits) in ventilated and lightiing rooms with controlled temperature.
Specific breeding programmes group a number of possibilities:

  • Racks with open cages, cages with filter cover, insulated enclosures.
  • Ventilated racks.

Maintenance and development of colonies in SPF (Specific Pathogen Free) condition

Devoted to breeding, maintenance and generation of transgenic, knock-out and knock-in animals. As in the other animal housing, ventilation, light and temperature are controlled, but here the air is drawn through HEPA filters.

  • The service has the latest in equipment.
  • Accommodation in individually ventilated cages.
  • Laminar air flow for cages change.

In both animal facilities, environmental conditions (temperature, relative humidity) are recorded by probes in each of the rooms, which transmit information to a central computer.


Cages, beds, fodder and other materials.

Washing and sterilisation area

  • Racks washing machine and large capacity cages for hygiene and disinfection of animals.
  • Washing machine for feeding bottles.
  • Autoclave for the sterilisation of materials.
  • SAS chemical sterilisation system. 

Small animal surgery

Surgery equipped with:

  • Operating table, lamp, pulse oximeter, binocular loupe...

Procedure rooms

  • For conducting experimental manipulations, necropsies ...

Behaviour area

  • Two behavioral study rooms (mice room and rats room).

Image processing system in vivo FX PRO

It combines the high-resolution digital radiography and the high-precision optical molecular imaging treatment to provide a precise anatomic localisation of cellular and molecular biomarkers. Fluorescence of various wavelengths and luminescence.


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