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Animal Reproduction​​

The Animal Reproduction Department of INIA studies both basic and applied aspects of reproduction in farm and wildlife animals. We are particularly interested in the development and application of assisted reproductive technologies (e.g. cryopreservation of gametes and embryos, AI, IVF, MOET and sperm and embryo sexing) to animal production and conservation.


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Avda. Puerta de Hierro, nº12, local 10. 28040 MADRID (España)

91 3473768


The Animal Reproduction Department is located on the Campus of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), close to the Veterinary Faculty, and belongs to the Moncloa Campus, which is one of the main Spanish Campus of International Excellence. The Department addresses different aspects of reproductive physiology and biotechnologies in different animal species in order to understand the basic mechanisms that regulate fertility and embryonic development, conserve animal genetic resources and biodiversity, promote animal welfare, optimize animal production and developing new reproductive biotechnologies for use in improving the reproductive efficiency of animals in the face of new challenges in animal production, conservation, assisted reproduction, sustainable development and the impact of environmental changes.


Multidisciplinary research activities are developed in the Department through different specialized work groups in various areas of knowledge related to physiology, pathology, and technology reproductive in different animal species. The work focuses on developing innovative practices in animal reproduction and subsequent promoting of research transference to satisfy the demands on livestock production and for animal conservation.

    Líneas de investigación:

    • Sperm, Egg, sperm, and Embryo Development

    • Ecology and control of Ixodidae ticks

    • Germplasm Conservation

    • Assisted Reproduction

    • Genomic Edition and Transgenesis

    • Translational Reproductive Biotechnology

    • Genetic and Epigenetic of Infertility

    • Reproductive Development and Differentiation


The Department has two singular facilities:

Experimental farm and establishment of laboratory animals from SGIT, which includes livestock species (swine, sheep, goat, and poultry), wild species (mouflon, Iberian ibex) and laboratory animals (mouse, hamster, rabbit).
Genetic resource bank (germplasm, embryos, and somatic cells) from INIA, which includes genetic samples from native breeds in danger of extinction, wild game species, and endangered /extinct wildlife species. ​​

​Services and Resources

    • Implementation of artificial insemination programs​

    • Assistance in sampling, design and application of tick control protocols, in vitro and in vivo miticide assays

    • Application of assisted reproduction techniques (ARTs) in cattle

    • Generation of genetically modified rabbits and sheep

    • Production and characterization of genetically edited and / or modified mice

    • Boar sperm cryopreservation. Establishment and monitoring of pig sperm bank

    • Quantitative and qualitative assessment of boar seminal doses

    • Sperm evaluation and preservation

    • Assessment of sire reproductive capacity

    • Identification of  breeding pigs carrying chromosome alterations that imply  reproductive failures

    • Determination of hormonal levels in biological fluids and body secretions

    • Genetic improvement programs  through reproductive biotechnology

    • In vivo embryo collection, evaluation, conservation and transfer

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