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Facts & Figures

Facts and Figures

Use of Animals in Research

You can view our list of live Project Licence Titles as of January 2019. This list will be updated annually. 

1 January 2018 to 31st December 2018

A breakdown by species of the number of animal procedures carried out at Newcastle University from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018:

Type of Animal Number of Procedures
Mouse 31505
Rat 962
Macaque 15
Common Starling 29
Blue Tit 8
Coal Tit 8
Fish 7099
Domestic Fowl 525
Total: 40151

Of the animals listed above the 515 Domestic Fowl were used in agriculture research

The Common Starlings, Great Tits and Coal Tits were used in behavioural research.

103 Mice were used in animal welfare research.

Therefore, the total used in Medical research was: 39488

We record numbers of animals which 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 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 Animal Number of Procedures
Mouse 19535
Fish 5482
Total: 25017

Therefore, the total number of procedures which were above the threshold for regulation was: 15134

1 January 2017 to 31st December 2017

A breakdown by species of the number of animal procedures carried out at Newcastle University from 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2017:

Type of AnimalNumber of Procedures
Mouse 32,786
Rat 590
Guinea Pig 1
Macaque 14
Common Starling 135
Great Tit 12
Coal Tit 12
Fish 9,247
Domestic Fowl 348
Rabbit 13
Total: 43,158

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

The Common Starlings, Great Tits and Coal Tits were used in behavioural research.

Therefore, the total used in Medical research was: 42,651

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 21,583
Fish 7,948
Total: 29,531

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: 13627

 

Additional statistics for 2017

The number of animals bred for scientific procedures that were humanely killed without being used in

procedures during 2017 was:

Mice - 4467

Rats - 12

Fish - 1321

 

See details of Animal Procedures carried out at Newcastle University from 1st January 2014 to 31st December 2016.

Further information

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