The University of Exeter is one of the UK's leading research universities.

Animals in research

In order to to conduct world-leading research, it is sometimes necessary for animals to be involved. Our research involving animals is undertaken with the highest standards of animal care and is only conducted when there are no feasible alternatives.

At the University of Exeter, some research involving animals is conducted in the fields of animal behaviour and cognition, ecology and conservation, ecotoxicology, immunology and neuroscience.

Our policy is to minimise the involvement of animals in research wherever possible.

Where research involving animals is necessary, the University conducts fieldwork to the highest professional standards, and where the research is conducted on University premises, provides housing and care that equals or exceeds legal requirements.

We are committed to ensuring an excellent culture of care when conducting research with animals, which is underpinned by the principles of the ‘3Rs' – reduction, refinement and replacement.

All projects involving any animal are reviewed by Ethics Committees whose members include experts in animal welfare.

Every researcher at the University of Exeter working with animals is required to meet the highest ethical and methodological standards and to adhere to the strict legislation in place in the UK to safeguard animal welfare.

These dedicated web pages provide helpful information about research involving animals, both in general terms and at the University.

The official University of Exeter policy on the involvement of animals in research can be viewed on our policy page.