Who we are

The Institute of Animal Science and Technology (ICTA) of the Universitat Politècnica de València is the main research centre devoted to the science and technology of animal production in the Valencia region.

Our mission

Our aim is to improve the productivity, sustainability and quality of animal production in the Valencian Community, and by extension, also at national and international level.

Fundamental research of excellence and knowledge transfer to the livestock sector

Collaboration among our colleagues and with external researchers

Excellent education

Public and social commitment

Executive team

Salvador Calvet, Head of the Institute

He is a associate professor and his research focuses on livestock and environment. He studies the impact of livestock on the environment (particularly atmospheric emissions) and the environmental control of livestock houses. He has been principal researcher in two competitive projects funded by the Spanish government and has participated in five more. Additionally, he has taken part in several research contracts with different companies and participates in an EraNet. He has published about 60 research articles in indexed journals and takes part regularly in national and international conferences in his scope, with over a hundred contributions in the last twelve years. He has supervised five PhD theses and more than twenty degree and master thesis. From 2017 to 2022 he has been coordinator of the REMEDIA Network, a scientific association to mitigate climate change in the agroforestry sector. He is also an active member the International Commission on Agricultural Engineering (CIGR). He has collaborated with researchers in the main research institutes on livestock and the environment. Additionally, he has experience as a deputy head of the Department of Animal Science (from 2008 to 2012) and is highly involved in education innovations in his University.

David Sánchez Peñaranda, Deputy Head of the Institute

Profesor titular del departamento de Ciencia Animal. Sus investigaciones se han centrado en principalmente en dos líneas: Estudio de la fisiología reproductiva y Desarrollo de metodologías de crioconservación y evaluación de calidad gamética/embrionaria. Ha dirigido tres tesis doctorales y ha publicado más de 200 contribuciones científicas de las cuales 90 son publicaciones en investigación en prestigiosas revistas internacionales o capítulos de libro. Ha realizado más de 2 años de estancias posdoctorales, la mayoría de ellas en centros extranjeros de prestigio internacional (Norwegian university of Life Science (Oslo, Noruega); Museum National D’Histoire Naturelle (Paris, Francia); Norwegian Institute of Food, Fishery and Aquaculture, NOFIMA (Tromso, Noruega), avalado por 33 publicaciones en revistas SCI con autores internacionales. Ha liderado 9 proyectos de investigación, 3 de ellos internacionales. Además, ha participado en 26 proyectos de investigación, 4 de ellos europeos, 6 nacionales, 13 locales o regionales y 3 no competitivos. Miembro del Comité Organizador y del Comité Científico de 4 congresos internacionales. Revisor en 18 revistas JCR del sector de la producción animal y editor de la revista Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). Premios a la mejor tesis doctoral tanto como doctorando como supervisor, y al mejor poster en congresos internacionales. Ha recibido un total de 19 becas de investigación, cuatro de ellas contractos post-doctorales.

Ana Tomás, Secretary

Associate professor in the Department of Animal Science. Her research focuses on the nutrition of aquaculture species such as sea bream, bass, sea bass, yellowtail and more recently the octopus. She has also collaborated in other related topics such as eel reproduction or the use of digestive enzymes, assessment of the intestinal microbiome or the quality of products. She has participated in more than 35 competitive research projects funded in public tenders and contracts with companies. She has supervised six PhD theses and published over 150 scientific contributions, of which more than 40 are publications in indexed journals. She was a member of the Organising Committee and the Scientific Committee in several editions of the National Congress on Aquaculture and the Second International Workshop on Biology of Fish Gametes. She has been a reviewer for the scientific journals Aquaculture and Aquaculture Research since 2008 and has published a book for the Spanish Ministry of Environmental and Rural Affairs. Finally, she received an award from the AquaTIC journal for her presentations and posters at several editions of the National Congress on Aquaculture.