2015 Animal Procedure Statistics

In conjunction with the release of the Home Office’s annual statistics showing the numbers of procedures on animals that took place in Great Britain during 2015, the statistics for RGU were as follows:

Note:  All experimental procedures came under the category of non-recovery. Definitions of this category and others mentioned are at the end of this post.

Mice that were genetically normal 68
Mice that were genetically altered with a non-harmful alteration 207
Rats 30

218 mice were bred to maintain genetically altered mouse colonies. This comes under the category of sub-threshold.

Statistics for the UK as a whole, and for more information on the role of animal research in the UK can be found here: http://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/uk-animal-statistics-2015/


  • Non-recovery – Those where the entire procedure was carried out under general anaesthesia without recovery.
  • Sub threshold – Those authorised under a project licence that did not actually cause suffering above the threshold of regulation (ASPA Section 2(1)), i.e. was less than the level of pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm that is caused by inserting a hypodermic needle according to good veterinary practice.


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