The aim of the General Animal Unit Service is to offer the university community the animals used for experimentation which are required in research and teaching. It provides technical advice to  users regarding animals used for experimentation and also regarding their environment, and is in charge of ensuring compliance with the regulations in force governing the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.

Animal experimentation will be carried out following prior authorisation of the Ethical Committee in handling animal experimentation.

During the process involving the setting-up of this Service, it is suggested that it be equipped with the technical and material resources necessary to function properly, in addition to providing an advsiory service for users in both legal and technical aspects.

The General Animal Service Unit will comprise three inter-dependent units located on the three campuses of the  UPV/EHU. Users at each of them will be deemed to be all those researchers from the UPV/EHU who need to use laboratory animals for their experimental and/or teaching work.

Vizcaya Campus: will be considered the Central Unit of the Service, currently located in the restored building attached to the Faculty of Medicine and Odontology in Leioa.

The Animal Unit at the Vizcaya Campus offers both the university community and other research centres and companies the facilities that enable laboratory animals to be used for research and other scientific and teaching purposes. This is carried out in accordance with the legal regulations in force.

This Animal Unit is regulated in accordance with Royal Decree 53/2013 dated 10th October (published in Official Gazette dated 21-10-2005) governing animals used for experimentation and other scientific purposes, and in accordance with Order dated 25th June 1991 issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Basque Government (published in the Official Gazette of the Basque Country dated 4-7-1991), also governing animals used for experimentation and other scientific purposes. This Animal Unit has been officially fitted out by the Livestock Service of the Provincial Council of Vizcaya, and registered under reference EU-02.BI as a User Establishment for animal experimentation.

The activities carried out by the Animal Unit are, in accordance with the above regulations, related to research and other scientific purposes, including university teaching.

Alava Campus: located on the third floor (mezzanine) of the Pharmacy Faculty building, at Paseo de la Universidad, Nº 7, in Vitoria.

Guipúzcoa Campus: located on the third floor (Animal Behaviour Laboratory) of the Psychology Faculty, at Avenida de Tolosa, Nº 70, in San Sebastián.