Isabel Blanco, Head of the Animal Facility of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), has been chosen by the Spanish Society for Laboratory Animal Sciences (SECAL) to hold its presidency for the next 2 years.
“I feel very proud to represent the Spanish Society for Laboratory Animal Sciences,” said Blanco, “which has more than 400 professionals and whose main objective is the rationalisation of the use of laboratory animals in research.” With this mandate, effective as of the end of 2019, the goal of Blanco will be “to promote training and communication, which are essential in our Society.”
Isabel Blanco has been in charge of animal health and well-being of the CNIO’s Animal Facility since 2006. She graduated as a veterinarian from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1998 and worked there at the Department of Animal Health from 1999 to 2000. She was for 5 years in charge of animal health and welfare (Biosafety Level 3) at the Spanish Animal Health Research Centre and Vivotecnia Research. From 2003 to 2005, she studied her Master’s degree in Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare (FELASA Category D programme) in Barcelona. In 2006, she was director of the Animal Facilities Unit at Charles River Laboratories.
She is a member of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), the Institutional Research Ethics and Animal Welfare Committee (IREAWC) and the Ethics Committee for Animal Care of the Spanish National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA).
The Spanish Society for Laboratory Animal Sciences (SECAL), founded in 1989, is the most important society in the field of laboratory animals in Spain. It has approximately 400 members and encompasses people of all academic and professional levels involved in animal research such as caregivers, researchers, animal welfare professionals, veterinarians and technicians of animal facilities.
The general objective of the Society is to rationalise and improve the use of animals destined for experimentation, and to encourage the interaction and cooperation between professionals in the sector.
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