Statement on the Use of Animals in Medical Research in the University of Bradford
The University of Bradford is involved in pioneering research including that which is designed to improve the treatment of cancer, mental illness, heart and skin diseases. As part of our research we use rats and mice when there is no suitable alternative research technique. We do not use any other animal species at the University.
The use of animals at the University of Bradford, and elsewhere in the country, is tightly regulated so experimentation is only permitted when there is no alternative research technique and the expected benefits outweigh any possible adverse effects. The University adheres rigorously to the requirements of current legislation in the form of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (as amended in 2012) and is subject to a strict regime of licensing and inspection carried out by the Home Office. Our work is also overseen and approved by an Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body which includes lay members external to the University. The standards of housing and care afforded to our animals are extremely high and delivered by a team of animal care specialists and a veterinary surgeon. The scientific merit and ethical basis of our work is also judged by the research councils, trusts and charities that support us financially and the internationally respected academic journals that publish the results. The University endorses the ARRIVE reporting guidelines of NC3Rs. [http://www.nc3rs.org.uk/] ; [http://www.nc3rs.org.uk/downloaddoc.asp?id=1206&page=1357&skin=0]
We are constantly exploring ways in which we can:
- REPLACE animals wherever possible with alternative models for research such as with human volunteers, tissues taken (with consent) from human patients during operations, cells and tissues grown outside of the body and the use of physical and computer simulations.
- REDUCE the number of animals involved – by advances in experimental design.
- REFINE those procedures that are necessary, in order to minimise pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm to animals.
The Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body
The Vice – Chancellor