Animal research


The number of animals that were used in research by species in 2015.

In 2015, the University used 212,695 animals in research. The vast majority of these were rodents, predominantly mice and rats (83%), and fish (16%). Sixteen client-owned pet dogs were involved in studies at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies aimed at improving care for sick animals. (See: Vitamin d in study spotlight).

Species Number Percentage
Rodents 175,458 82.5%
Fish 33,730 15.9%
Bird 2,491 1.2%
Agricultural species (Cattle, sheep, pigs. This figure includes sheep and deer monitored in the wild) 927 0.4%
Gerbil 73 <0.1%
Dogs (client-owned pets taking part in studies at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies) 16 <0.1%


These figures are calculated each year based on data from annual returns that are prepared for the Home Office by every Project Licence holder.