All studies at Minerva Imaging are licensed by the Danish Animal Experimentation Inspectorate and conducted in accordance with the Danish Animal Experimentation Act (BEK nr 12 of 7/01/2016). The Danish act is stricter and fully compliant with the European directive (2010/63/EU) and internationally accepted principles for the care and use of laboratory animals. Furthermore, all work in the animal facilities follows standards and classifications set by relevant authorities including the Danish Working Environment Authority, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, and the Danish Health Authority, Radiation Protection.
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at Minerva Imaging evaluates general welfare issues and do welfare evaluations related to specific models used under the individual scientific projects. The IACUC is also part of the licensing review and post approval monitoring.
Minerva Imaging applies the 3R principles (replacement, reduction, and refinement) to all animal use. We believe that laboratory animal welfare is an ethical responsibility that encompasses all aspects of animal well-being. This includes proper housing, social interactions and an enriched environment to reduce stress and support natural behavior. Furthermore, we focus on having the highest standard of behavioral management, nutrition, disease management and treatment. Our state-of-the-art animal facilities are staffed by trained animal technicians and veterinarians providing professional care, handling, and close health monitoring of all research animals.
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