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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 2020. This list will be updated annually. 

1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019

A breakdown by species of the number of animal procedures carried out at Newcastle University from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019:

Type of AnimalNumber of Procedures
Mouse 27408
Rat 154
Macaque 20
Common Starling 1
Blue Tit 11
Coal Tit 10
Fish 6099
Domestic Fowl 15
Pig 512
Total: 34230

Of the animals listed above the pigs were used in agriculture research, the Common Starlings, Great Tits and Coal Tits were used in behavioural research and the domestic fowl plus 119 mice were used in animal welfare research.

Therefore, the total used in Medical research was: 33562

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 AnimalNumber of Procedures
Mouse 14469
Fish 5453
Total: 19922

Therefore, the total number of procedures which were above the threshold for regulation was: 14308

 

1 January 2018 to 31 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 AnimalNumber of Procedures
Mouse 19535
Fish 5482
Total: 25017

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

See details of Animal Procedures carried out at Newcastle University from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2017.

Further information

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