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Small and large animal models for research and product testing

A broad portfolio of well-characterized disease models in pigs, poultry, ruminants and other species are available to support studies on human and veterinary biological and pharmaceutical products.


  • IRTA-CReSA offers the possibility of using already established and characterized animal models on swine, poultry, and ruminants,
  • Development of new models using these, and other animal species, is also offered.



  • More than 20 animal models already available.
  • Biosafetyy level 2 and 3 facilities.
  • Multidisciplinary group of researchers: from the basics to the field.
  • Well-trained and experienced animal caretakers and technicians.



  • Testing commercial vaccines and pharmacological products or new prototypes in the target species.
  • Testing vaccines and pharmacological products for human using both in small and large animals: preclinical trial models.
  • Proof of concept and validation of safety and efficacy studies under controlled conditions.
  • Developing new animal models.
  • Partnering as a contract research organization (CRO) or for research projects.

Examples of previous achievements

  • Available swine models: porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, porcine circovirus type 2, classical swine fever virus, African swine fever virus, Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, Haemophilus parasuis, Actinobacillus pleuropneumonie, Escherichia coli, Mycobaterium spp, and others.
  • Available poultry models: Gumboro disease virus, Newcastle disease virus, avian influenza virus (low and high pathogenicity), Salmonella spp., Clostridium spp., Escherichia coli and others
  • Available ruminant models: bluetongue virus, Schmallenberg virus, border disease virus, Mycobaterium spp and others.
  • Available experimental models in other species: prions and lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus in mice, border disease virus in Pyrenean chamois, bluetongue virus in cervids and others.


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