The University of Birmingham is committed to providing support and facilities for medical research. Any research undertaken at the University is ethically reviewed and where no reasonable alternatives are available, animals may be used. The University takes its responsibility towards the animals it needs for research seriously. We promote the use of the ARRIVE guidelines in publications. Any research is of the highest quality and the welfare of the animals is paramount at all times.
Here at Birmingham we have a first class unit with the most up to date equipment available and our animals are cared for by a team of highly skilled and dedicated individuals. The principles of the 3Rs (Reduction, Replacement and Refinement) provide the foundations for how we carry out research and care for the animals. Further information is available on the NC3Rs website.
Any research using animals is conducted under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, this legislation has recently been updated to transpose the European Directive 2010/63/EU.
The University is a signatory to the declaration of openness on animal research, further information about this can be found on the Understanding Animal Research website.