Our Commitment to the Ethical Use of Animals

The University of Leicester considers the use of animals to be essential in biomedical research in order to gain a better understanding of diseases such as Cancer, Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Mental Illness, Dementia, Deafness, Blindness, and Infectious and Tropical Diseases and to develop potential treatments and cures. Where possible research is conducted without the need for animal use but some animal studies must be conducted for progress in science and medicine to be sustained. In accordance with the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 research using animals can only be undertaken where there is no alternative research technique (In Vitro, Computer Modelling etc) and the expected benefits outweigh any adverse effects. Whilst it is acknowledged that the animal model is not a perfect model for humans the use of animals in biomedical research remains essential, for example to gain a knowledge and understanding of some cell structures and physiological and pathological processes. The University of Leicester is committed to the principles of the 3R’s (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) thereby ensuring ethical use of animals, better scientific output and enhanced animal welfare. In addition the need to improve the design, conduct and analysis of research using animals is also gathering momentum, with greater emphasis from the scientific community on minimising use and improving animal welfare.

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