Animals in research

The use of animals is essential for a significant amount of scientific, medical & veterinary research, and has contributed to a great many advances in human and animal health. We are committed to the appropriate use of animals in research.

Read more about the Academy's position on using animals in the research we fund.

We are a signatory of the Concordat on openness on animal research. We do not take the decision to support and fund animal research lightly and are committed to being open about the use of animals in research we fund.

We have produced a short booklet about why our researchers work with animals and our work to minimise their use. We speak to eight researchers funded by the Academy from across the UK, and asked and how they follow the principles of the 3Rs - to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals - and the impacts of their research. It features include vets studying animals in order to improve animal health, computer scientists replacing animals with simulated models, and people reesarching mice, rats and zebrafish, and how they are helping develop new treatments and medicines.

We also publish yearly statistics on the number of research grants we have funded that propose the use of animals and which species they proposed to use:

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