More information is available on using animals in research.

Links and related information

The links below provide more information on the use of animals in research. Please note that the websites do not give information on behalf of the University of Exeter and the University accepts no responsibility for the content of the websites.

Home Office

Home Office information on research and testing using animals.

Related bodies

The Animals in Science Committee

The Animals in Science Committee is an independent public body sponsored by the Home Office whose role is to provide independent advice about issues relating to the use of animals in scientific procedures within the context of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

NC3Rs (National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research)

The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research provides a UK focus for the promotion, development and implementation of the 3Rs in animal research and testing. The NC3Rs is an independent organisation, reporting to the UK Science Minister and stakeholders through the publication of an annual report.

Non-governmental bodies

Understanding Animal Research

Understanding Animal Research represents medical researchers in the public debate about the use of animals in medical research and testing. Its membership includes universities, learned societies, industry, trade unions and veterinary bodies. It provides information about the need for animal research, the controls under which this research is carried out, the costs to the animals and the benefits to human and animal medicine which have resulted.

FRAME (Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments)

FRAME is a non-governmental organisation whose long-term goal is the total elimination of laboratory animal use, through the development, validation and acceptance of replacement alternative methods. FRAME recognises that immediate abolition of all animal experiments is not possible and advocates the ‘3Rs’ approach.

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW)

The UFAW is an independent registered charity working to develop and promote improvements in the welfare of all animals through scientific and educational activity worldwide.

General links

The websites listed below provide accurate information about the use of animals in medical research within the UK.

Association of Medical Research Charities: Animals in Medical Research

The AMRC is a membership organisation of the leading medical and health research charities in the UK. This site describes the benefits of animal research as well as the system of regulating animal research and the care and welfare of the animals. provides reliable information from scientists worldwide about the contribution of animal research to medical advances.