Animal House
The Animal House is a shared resource that provides services in laboratory animal experimentation and husbandry for all CNC scientists, researchers from other UC departments and companies. Its mission is to guarantee animal welfare and sanitary conditions consistent with the high standards required in research and teaching excellence. It offers a level 2 biosafety area (ABSL2) and provides a range of behavioral testing equipment, surgical rooms and imaging equipment as well as specialized animal services and expertise, namely breeding and housing of wild type and transgenic/knockout strains, production of embryos and litters and technical support to animal experimentation procedures.
CNC was one of the 19 National Institutions that signed the Transparency Agreement on Animal Research in Portugal, promoted by the Portuguese Society of Sciences in Laboratory Animals (SPCAL), in collaboration with European Animal Research Association (EARA).

By signing up to the Transparency Agreement, the signatories agree the following obligations:
  Make a declaration concerning animal welfare on the Institution’s website.
  Link to the Transparency Agreement.
  Provide adequate information to the media and the general public about the conditions under which research using animals is carried out and the results obtained from them.
  Develop initiatives that generate greater knowledge and understanding in society about the use of animals in scientific research.
  Report annually on progress and share experiences.

Coordinator: Paula Mota, PhD.
Funded by ERDF - European Regional Development Fund through COMPETE 2020 and National Funds via FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, under projects POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007440 e UIDB/04539/2020.

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