Who are we?

The Animal Health Research Center IRTA-CReSA is part of IRTA, a research institute owned by the Government of Catalonia adscribed to the Department of Agriculture. The research of IRTA-CReSA belongs to the Animal Production Area and the Animal Health Program. In this program, the research is classified in three different subprograms: 1) Endemic diseases, 2) Exotic diseases and 3) Epidemiology and risk assessment.



  • We develop research and development programs within the animal health field.
  • We transfer the scientific advances that we achieve to the sector.
  • We offer services within the research and development field by means of arranged R&D programs.
  • We advise agrifood companies, the public administration and we give technological support in the animal health field.
  • We organize scientific and technical training program

* The construction and the scientific equipment have been cofinanced by FEDER funds

1999
  • The Foundation Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA) is incorporated on 21 December 1999.

2000
  • The CReSA initiates its activities in January of 2000.
  • The CReSA project is laid out and explained to the scientific and university community, companies and institutions
  • For the first time, the CReSA participates in public calls for research projects by itself.


2001-2002
  • The Advisory Board is constituted.
  • A collaboration agreement with CISA-INIA (Valdeolmos) is signed.
  • An agreement with PRIOCAT is initiated in 2001 and it is defined as a reference laboratory on prionic diseases in Catalonia.
  • The research and support staff considerably increases.

2003
  • The construction work on the building called “Phase 3”, which includes both offices and conventional laboratories, starts.
  • The CReSA is inaugurated on 15 September, as part of an act chaired by the Honorable Councilor of the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing (DARP) of the Generalitat of Catalonia, which is also attended by the members of the Trust and the Advisory Council, the INIA Director, Mr. Cazorla, and 250 other people.
  • The Trust approves the CReSA organizational chart proposal.
  • A stable collaboration framework between CReSA-DARP is created, under service assignments.
  • A CReSA-UAB Campus agreement is created, which allows the UAB staff at the campus to participate and enjoy its services and benefits.

2004
  • The construction of the CReSA building finishes.
  • The organizational structure of the CReSA is consolidated.

2005
  • The new building, located at the UAB campus in Bellaterra, is opened in February of 20055.
  • The projects at the Biocontention Unit start in October of 2005.
  • A series of seminars about training and research in animal health is initiated in collaboration with the Health and Anatomy Department.

2006-2008
  • The CReSA coordinates, within the CONSOLIDER-INGENIO 2010 program of the Ministry of Education and Science (MEC), the multidisciplinary project PORCIVIR (Pathogenesis of porcine viral infections). This is a multidisciplinary project in which the most advanced groups of research on this issue participate (CReSA, CISA-INIA, UCM, CBM-CSIC and CNB-CSIC).

2009 - 2011
  • The Department of Agriculture and Livestock of the Generalitat de Catalunya certifies compliance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) at CreSA.
  • CReSA becomes part of the European Network for Diagnostics of "Imported" Viral Diseases (ENIVD).
  • The Scientific Advisory Board of the CReSA is constituted; it is constituted by recognized experts from Germany, Spain, France and The Netherlands.
  • CReSA starts to collaborate with NADIR (Network of Animal Disease Infectiology Research Facilities).

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