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 2021 to 31 December 2021

A breakdown by species of the number of animal procedures carried out at Newcastle University from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021:

Picture of Animal Statistics for 2021, includes: Mice @ 18798; Fish @ 2170; Rats @ 235; Domestic Fowl @ 163; Macaques @ 4; Total of 21370.

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

Therefore, the total used in medical research was: 21207

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 8832
Fish 1580
Total: 10412
Therefore, the total number of procedures which were above the threshold for regulation was: 10958  


Archived details of Animal Procedures carried out at Newcastle University from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020.

Further information

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