The welfare of the animals used in research

The University maintains the strictest of ethical standards around the welfare of animals used in research. We employ a full-time animal care and welfare officer and a training and competency officer, as is legally required. Our staff are fully trained and are required to hold an accredited qualification by the Institute of Animal Technology, and our premises are regularly visited by a Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS). Whenever possible, animals are housed in social groups with strict hygiene and environmental controls.

Our premises are visited regularly by Home Office inspectors to ensure compliance with the conditions of the Establishment license.

All of our research is underpinned by the guiding principles of the three R’s in animal research.  We fully support the development, validation and adoption of appropriate alternatives to the use of animals, in order to minimise the use of animals in research.