Newcastle University has a policy of using animals in research only if there are no realistic alternatives and in projects of major importance. UK standards of care which are among the highest in the world, are strictly enforced.
Research using animals has helped conquer many of the world's diseases and other health problems and is crucial to the fight against cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other conditions which are prevalent in the 21st century.
More than 90% of medical research at Newcastle does not involve experiments on animals and the University is committed to the development of alternative methods, such as computer modelling.
Newcastle University is signed up to the national declaration on openness on animal research.