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Facts & Figures

Facts and Figures

Use of Animals in Research

You can view our list of all live project licence titles (PDF: 89KB) as of January 2017. This list will be updated annually.

1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016

A breakdown by species of the number of animal procedures carried out at Newcastle University from 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016:

Type of AnimalNumber of Procedures
Mouse 22,799
Rat 679
Guinea Pig 26
Pig 208
Macaque 13
European Starling 248
Fish 7,131
Domestic Fowl 864
Squirrel 13
Total: 31,981

Of the animals listed above the pigs and domestic fowl were used in agriculture research.

The European Starlings were used in behavioural research and the squirrels were used in conservation research.

Therefore, the total used in Medical research was: 30,648

We record numbers of animals which underwent procedures which were below the threshhold for regulation.  The definition of the threshold for regulation is a procedure which causes an animal to experience a level of pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm equivalent to, or higher than, that caused by inserting a hypodermic needle according to good veterinary practice.  Procedures classified as below the threshold for regulation were:

Type of AnimalNumber of Procedures
Mouse 14,610
Fish 6,509
Total: 21,119

Therefore, the total number of procedures which were above the threshold for regulation, or in other words caused pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm was: 10,862

 

1 January 2015 – 31 December 2015

A breakdown by species of the number of animal procedures carried out at Newcastle University from 1st January 2015 to 31st December 2015:

Type of AnimalNumber of Procedures
Mouse 22,581
Rat 631
Guinea Pig 55
Pig 273
Macaque 27
European Starling 163
Fish 8,770
Domestic Fowl 832
Squirrel 40
Total: 33,372

Of the animals listed above the pigs and domestic fowl were used in agriculture research and then returned to stock on the farm.

The European Starlings were used in behavioural research and the squirrels were used conservation research.

Therefore, the total used in Medical research was: 32,267

We record numbers of animals which underwent procedures which were below the threshold for regulations.

The definition of the threshold for regulation is a procedure which causes the animal to experience a level of pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm equivalent to, or higher than, that caused by inserting a hypodermic needle according to good veterinary practice.

Type of AnimalNumber of Procedures
Mouse 16,166
Fish 8,770
Total: 24,936

Therefore, the total number of procedures which were above the threshold for regulation, or in other words caused pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm was: 8,346.

 

1 January 2014 - 31 December 2014

The table below shows the number of animal procedures carried out at Newcastle University:

Type of AnimalNumber of Procedures
Mouse 20,924
Rat 792
Guinea Pig 89
Pig 195
Macaque 35
European Starling 74
Fish 5,175
Rabbit    17
Total: 27,301

All of the pigs were used in agriculture research and then returned to stock on the farm. The European Starlings were used in behavioural research. Therefore, the total used in medical research was: 27,032

From the start of 2014 we've been able to record numbers of animals that underwent procedures which were below the threshold for regulation.

The definition of the 'threshold for regulation' is a procedure which causes an animal to experience a level of pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm equal to, or higher than, that caused by inserting a hypodermic needle according to good veterinary practice.

Type of AnimalNumber of Procedures
Mouse 12,584
Rat 20
Fish 4,925
Total: 17,529

So, the total number of procedures which were above the threshold for regulation, or in other words caused pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm was: 9,772.

Further information

Find out more about our research involving animals and animal welfare: Centre for Behaviour and Evolution.