Animal research at Swansea University
The University is fully committed to the widespread promotion and implementation of the 3Rs (Reduction, Refinement and Replacement) and is a signatory to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research.
In order to to conduct high quality 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 Swansea University, some research involving animals is conducted in the fields of animal welfare, behaviour and cognition, ecology and conservation, immunology and neuroscience.
The work our scientists undertake is governed and regulated by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA). ASPA regulates procedures that are carried out on ‘protected animals’ for scientific purposes that may cause pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm. ‘Protected animals’ are defined as all living vertebrates, other than a human, including certain immature forms and any living cephalopod.
The official Swansea University policy on the involvement of animals in research can be found here