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Facts & Figures

Facts and Figures

Use of Animals in Research

You can view our list of live Project Licence Titles  (PDF: 44KB) as of January 2018. This list will be updated annually. 

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

 

1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016

A breakdown by species of the number of animal procedures carried out at Newcastle University from 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016:

Type of AnimalNumber of Procedures
Mouse 22,799
Rat 679
Guinea Pig 26
Pig 208
Macaque 13
European Starling 248
Fish 7,131
Domestic Fowl 864
Squirrel 13
Total: 31,981

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

The European Starlings were used in behavioural research and the squirrels were used in conservation research.

Therefore, the total used in Medical research was: 30,648

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 14,610
Fish 6,509
Total: 21,119

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: 10,862

See details of Animal Procedures carried out at Newcastle University from 1st January 2014 to 31st December 2015.

Further information

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