Division of Biomedical Services

Division of Biomedical Services

The Division of Biomedical Services manages the Preclinical Research Facility (PRF) providing animal research facilities operating to the highest standards of animal care, welfare and scientific and technical disciplines. The Division provides researchers within the university a number of services including; animal procurement, quarantine, rederivation and cryopreservation; transgenic breeding and colony management; veterinary services including surgical support and advice, institutional compliance with relevant legislative requirements and management of training and competency within the animal research environment. The Division is also able to utilise the state of the art animal facilities, expertise and competencies within the department to perform contract work for interested parties.

Use of Animals in Research

Policy Statement
Media Coverage
News and features on the Central Research Facility and animal research at the University of Leicester, in the media and on the University website.
Case Studies
Use of Animals in Research
ARRIVE Guidelines

Events and Seminars

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Replacement, Refinement and Reduction - 3Rs

Replacement of 'protected' animals (all living vertebrates except humans) in research with alternative techniques, lower species, or avoiding animal use altogether. Refinement of scientific procedures to minimise animal suffering, enhancing welfare of animals throughout their lives in the animal house, as well as research situations. Reduction of the number of animals used by obtaining more information from the same number of animals, or the same amount of information from fewer animals

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Animal and Ethical Review Body (AWERB)

All licenced establishments must ensure they have an Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB). The AWERB must:

  • Advise staff dealing with animals in the licensed establishment on matters related to the welfare of the animals, their acquisition, accommodation, care and use
  • Advise on the application of the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement (3Rs) and relevant technical and scientific developments.
  • Establish and review management and operational processes for monitoring, reporting and follow – up in relation to the welfare of animals housed or used in the licensed establishment
  • Follow the development and outcome of projects carried out in the establishment, taking into account the effect on animals used; and to identify and advise on elements that could further contribute to the 3Rs
  • Advise on rehoming schemes, including the appropriate socialisation of the animals to be re-homed

AWERB will critically assess Project Licence Applications and amendments considering many different areas such as; the scientific benefit of the work weighed against the cost to the animals involved, the application of the 3Rs in the proposed work and also the facilities and competencies that are available at the establishment. AWERB will also perform retrospective reviews on studies and projects that have been conducted ensuring that best practice in relation to the 3Rs is communicated widely within the University.

AWERB will provide constructive feedback to the applicant along with appropriate recommendations regarding the programme of work. Any comments addressed to the applicant, requests for further clarification or scientific rationale must be addressed by the applicant before the application will be approved by AWERB.

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Division of Biomedical Services
University of Leicester

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Tel: +44 (0) 116 252 5288


Dr Neil Dear td129@le.ac.uk