Research involving animals has made, and continues to make a vital contribution to understanding, treating and curing many major 21st century health problems, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and mental illness. New methods have enabled scientists and medical researchers to reduce work involving animals, but some animal studies must continue for further progress in science and medicine.
Research programmes at the University of Nottingham are of the highest quality and only use animals when there are no alternatives. This research is carried out using specialised facilities and expertise. The excellent culture of care is underpinned by a commitment to the principles of the 3R's.
Researchers working with animals at the University of Nottingham must meet the high ethical standards and adhere to strict legislation that safeguards animal welfare in the UK.
The full University of Nottingham Policy on the use of animals in research can be viewed on our policy page.
The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 amended legislation came into force on 1 January 2013. This legislation transposes the European Directive 2010/63/EU.
The Animals and Scientific Procedures and Inspectorate Division 2012 annual report has now been published.
The full report of 2012 statistics on scientific procedures on living animals is now available.
For people with an interest in the use of animals in scientific research and testing electronic versions of the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act newsletters are now available.
These are all available to view on the Home Office Website.
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The University of Nottingham fully supports and endorses the ARRIVE guidelines developed by the NC3Rs, to improve the design and reporting of studies involving animals. The ARRIVE guidelines are actively promoted by the University of Nottingham Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) for use by licence applicants; during training courses and within research group seminars.
For more detailed information on the ARRIVE guidelines please visit the NC3Rs website
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