Facts & Figures

Facts and Figures

Use of Animals in Research

You can view our list of live 2023 Project Titles(PDF) as of January 2023. This list will be updated annually. 

1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022

A breakdown by species of the number of animal procedures carried out at Newcastle University from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022:

Picture of Animal Statistics for 2022, includes: Mice @ 17426; Zebrafish @ 2014; Rats @ 227; Domestic Fowl @ 162; Macaques @ 11; Guinea Pigs @ 6; European Starling @ 3; Marmosets @ 2

Of the animals listed above, all of the domestic fowl were used in animal welfare research.

Therefore, the total used in medical research was: 19,689

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

Procedures classified as below the threshold for regulation were: 

Type of AnimalNumber of Procedures
Mouse 9613
Fish 1710
Total: 11323
Therefore, the total number of procedures which were above the threshold for regulation was: 8,528  


Archived details of Animal Procedures carried out at Newcastle University from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2021.

Further information

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