Any research involving animals at Durham University, whether lab based, observational, on site or in the field is strictly regulated and appropriately licensed. Our research activities can be split into two areas:
In all our work, we strive for the very highest standards of care and wellbeing for all animals, to minimise the use of animals, and to be open about animal research.
We are signatories to the Concordat on Openness in Animal Research in the UK and the ARRIVE (Animal Research: Reporting of In Vivo Experiments) guidelines from the National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs). These guidelines ensure that all reporting of animal research is high-quality, transparent and that no unnecessary animal research is conducted. Being signatories we strive to uphold the four main commitments of the Concordat:
With these commitments in mind we provide opportunities for students to visit the animal facilities, have spokespeople to answer questions about our work with animals and submit our progress report on animal research activities annually. More information about animal research at Durham can be found in this Q&A.
Professor Jacqui Ramagge
Executive Dean of Science