What we offer

The mission of the Mouse Genetics Service is to provide a state of the art environment for research with laboratory mice.


The Service provides two facilities in which laboratory mice are maintained and bred for different research programs. We are committed to apply the Three Rs principle (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement) and pay particular attention to ensure animal welfare. Two Veterinarians specialized in Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine provide for animal well-being and highly trained personnel is involved in the animal care and breeding activities. Animal care, breeding and experimental procedures are done in accordance with the Decreto legislativo 4 marzo 2014, n. 26, which enforces the Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. Cogentech animal facilities are fully authorized by the Italian Ministry of Health.


The animal facilities are fully equipped with Individually Ventilated Cages (IVC) providing an ideal environment both for the animals and for the operators. IVC cages are designed to prevent the spread of microorganisms from the cages to the surrounding area (biocontainment), and preclude the entrance of particles/microorganisms from the surrounding area into the cages (bioexclusion). Environmental enrichment is provided in each cage with a Mouse House™ (Tecniplast), which provides a complex three-dimensional environment and a soft sawdust bedding which allows nesting activities.


All the activities are carried out in accordance to the detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The facility is UNI EN ISO 9001:2015 certified. The staff is composed by highly trained personnel, always involved in continuous education and training.

Certified laboratory
UNI EN ISO 9001:2015 n. IT324391 ISO9001


Animal care

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Mice are housed in state-of-the-art facilities equipped with individually ventilated cages (IVCs). This service includes:

  • day by day care of the mice and of the facilities
  • fulfilment of the legal requirements
  • assurance of animal welfare in accordance with the Three Rs principle
  • health monitoring in accordance with FELASA guidelines
  • administrative management


  • Breeding and management of colonies of genetically modified mice.
  • All the data of the mouse colonies are recorded in real time in dedicated colony management database and are accessible to the users though a web interface.

Education & training

Data Analysis
  • “Introductory Course to Laboratory Animal Science”, that covers the topics listed in the current legislation
  • Orientation course, granting the access to the animal facility
  • Course on “Proper behavioural norms in the animals facility”, that informs on procedures and rules to be applied in the animal facility.
  • Other courses can be organised to fulfil specific needs

Staff & Contacts

Alberto Gobbi

Faclity Manager

  • Phone
    +39 02 574 303 230
  • Email
    list-mgsecretariat [@] cogentech.it