Animals & Research

Animals and Research

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 are among the highest in the world, and we strictly enforce them.

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.

Research is also dedicated to understanding animal behaviour and improving the welfare and well-being of animals.

Newcastle University is signed up to the national declaration on openness on animal research.

You can read about Newcastle University's animal research policy and our collaboration with Max Planck and other international institutions.


Testing the pigs

Use of animals in research at Newcastle

Watch a video about why and how we use animals in research, made with the Medical Research Council.

To find out more about our research involving animals and animal welfare, visit the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution.