Animal research

We are a Leader in Openness

We have been named a Leader in Openness by Understanding Animal Research. Find out what this means:

University leads sector on animal research openness


Animal Research - an introduction

An introduction to the use of animals in research at the University of Edinburgh.


Strict laws control the use of animals in research.

Animal Welfare and Ethics

High standards of animal welfare underpin all of our research.

Alternatives and improvements (The 3Rs)

We aim to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in research.

zebrafish swimming in tank

Frequently asked questions about the use of animals in research.

Dr Lesley Penny, Director of Veterinary Scientific Services, addresses delegates at the 7th annual 3Rs symposium

We provide a number of opportunities for members of the public to find out more about our research involving animals.