Statistics

 

In accordance with our commitment to the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement), whenever possible researchers use non-animal techniques for their research.  For example, cell and tissue culture, molecular biology, computer modelling and the study of samples from human patients are used extensively. 

However, some animal work must continue in order that our researchers can examine the aetiology of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, blindness, neurodegeneration, and infection diseases.  In turn, the enhanced understanding can lead to the development of treatments and cures.  Animals are only used in research where there are no alternatives and their use is controlled by the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) (and subsequent amendments).

The table below outlines the species and total number of animals used, under ASPA, per annum at Queen's.

Species

Year

Year

Year

Year

 

2013

2014

2015

2016

Rats

911

394

282

443

Mice

9,531

10,373

13,339

11,777

Rabbits

27

32

0

26

Frogs

18

28

15

24

Fish

32

40

0

0

Hedgehogs

0

6

0

2

Total

10,519

10,873

13,636

12,272