Medicine and Experimental Surgery Unit: (Animal Facility, Laboratories, Operating Rooms) (UMECE)

Services offered

– Service of anaesthesia and analgesia in experimental animals.

– Washing and sterilisation of surgical and research laboratory equipment.

– Surgical facilities:

  • Experimental operating room I as a facility for radiodiagnostics, catheterisation, digital radiographic controls, general surgery, laparoscopy, and microsurgery.
  • Experimental operating room II for general surgery, laparoscopy, and microsurgery.
  • Perfusion room: performing autopsies, taking samples and perfusions.
  • Animal house

The animal house consists of:

– Two rooms for experimental pigs.

– A quarantine room.

– Two rooms for experimental rabbits.

– One room for mice in conventional and self-ventilated racks.

– Two rooms for rats in conventional and self-ventilated racks.

– A room for genetically modified mice.

– A behavioural room.

In the animal house, the health and welfare conditions of the animals are supervised by veterinarians. All animals are provided with means of environmental enrichment: cardboard houses, polycarbonate igloos, polycarbonate wheels, burrows, curly shavings, coloured balls, etc. The personnel who care for and maintain the animals are trained in the use and care of experimental animals.

Experimental animals at UMECE are cared for every day of the year.

Current customers

    • HCSC:
      • Immunology Clinical Management Unit.
      • Cardiology Department.
      • Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery Service
      • Institute of Neurosciences.
      • General Surgery and Digestive Tract Department.
      • Rheumatology Clinical Management Unit.
      • Multiple Sclerosis Unit.

The Biobank is attached to 2 external committees:


    • Research projects using experimental animals: Submit to the Committee on Animal Ethics snd Welfare (CAEW):  Revise procedure here

    Animal Research Projects for teaching purposes: Request written authorisation from the Director of the Fundación para la Investigación Biomédica del Hospital Clínico San Carlos.

    Projects using experimental animals can only begin once authorisation has been received from the competent body (Animal Protection Department of the Community of Madrid). Authorisation by the Competent Body will be processed through the CAEW of the Hospital Clínico San Carlos.


    Other relevant documents


    DIRECTIVE 2010/63/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 22 September 2010 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.

    Royal Decree 53/2013 of 1 February establishing the basic rules applicable to the protection of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes, including teaching.

    Order ECC/566/2015 of 20 March 2015 establishing the training requirements to be met by personnel handling animals used, bred, or supplied for experimental and other scientific purposes, including teaching.

    The UMECE has adhered to the Transparency Agreement on the use of animals in scientific experimentation in Spain promoted by COSCE.




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