The Laboratory Animal Centre of the University of Tartu develops and studies advanced disease models with a specific focus on psychiatric, neurological diseases, chronic immune/inflammatory diseases and tumour therapy, and combines these research areas with modern bioimaging technologies.

Services of Laboratory Animal Centre:
1. Maintenance, breeding and sale of SPF (specific pathogen-free) experimental animals (mouse and rat)
2. Preparation of transgenic mice and rats, characterization of animal models
3. Design and conduct of preclinical drug studies
4. Live imaging of experimental animals and image analysis (magnetic resonance imaging and fluorescence/luminescence images)

5. Toxicology services based on the GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) standard

Additional information

Preclinical research/trials are laboratory tests of a new drug substance or medical devices, usually done on animals, to see whether the treatment really works and it is safe to test on humans.

It is allowed to use animals at procedures if it is not banned by the law and if there are no available alternative methods. According to the law, ‘procedure’ means any use, invasive or non-invasive, of an animal for an experimental or other scientific purposes, with a known or unknown outcome, or educational purposes. The use of animals in scientific purposes is strictly regulated and a number of restrictions are imposed. In order to carry out a project, an application for project authorisation has to be submitted to the Ministry of Rural Affairs by the user or the person responsible for the project.

About keeping of experimental animals (The Veterinary and Food Board)