Animal Welfare

Institutional statement on the use of research animals

 

Vivotecnia has joined the agreement on Openness on Animal Research, promoted from the
Federation of Scientific Societies in Spain (COSCE), with the collaboration of the European
Association of Research Animals (EARA), and launched on 20 September 2016.

We are convinced that animal experimentation plays a fundamental role in the discover of the
underlying biological mechanisms of disease, and in the developing of medical treatments.
Without research in animals, we would not have most of the medicines, antibiotics, vaccines
and surgical techniques that are applied nowadays in human and veterinary medicine.

An important part of the research undertaken at Vivotecnia aims at contributing to the
improvement of human health and wellbeing and is carried out thanks to the use of animals,
for example during the preclinical toxicity and efficacy studies needed to bring new drugs to
clinical phase.

The welfare of animals used for research purposes is of paramount relevance for Vivotecnia,
and also the strict compliance and respect to the current legislation on the protection of
animals used in research and for other scientific purposes, including education. Our aim is to
achieve the highest standards in animal welfare, not only from the point of view of our moral
responsibility on them, but also because we are convinced we could not achieve research
excellence without proper animal welfare. Our experiments with animals follow the legal
standard and are assessed by an Ethics Committee on Animal Experimentation that promotes
the use of alternative methods, the reduction in the number of animals used and the
refinement in the experimental protocols applied. Not a single research project requiring the
use of animals could start without the appropriate and required Ethics assessment and the
eventual authorization from the competent authorities.

Vivotecnia also ensures that the personnel involved in animal care and researchers do have
the adequate education and training and the required professional skills, and that all resources
are provided to properly keep research animals in terms of facilities, husbandry, wellbeing and
veterinary care.

All Vivotecnia work procedures are in adherence to EU Directive (2010/63/UE) and Spanish
Regulation (RD 53/2013).