Biological Services


Clone of Biological Services

UCL Biological Services contributes to the advancement of biomedical research through the supply of high quality research animals and services, meeting the research needs of UCL's biomedical research community.

The welfare of our animals is the top priority for all our staff. Our Named Animal Care and Welfare Officers (NACWOs), working together with our Named Veterinary Surgeons (NVSs), strive to ensure that we operate to the highest standards of care and welfare.

Confocal image of a mouse's embryonic posterior neuropore. This structure is the embryonic precursor of the spinal cord and defects in its formation lead to severe neurodevelopmental disorders such as spina bifida. A team from UCL, University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) recently operated on the abnormally developed spinal cords of two babies in the womb, in a medical first for the UK.



Animal Research at UCL

UCL is a world-leading medical research institution and animal research forms a relatively small but vital proportion of our work. We are committed to the highest standards of animal welfare and the use of animals in research is only permitted when other viable options are not available.

Research facility

The 3Rs - Replacement, Reduction and Refinement

UCL is committed to the principles of the 3Rs - Replacement, Reduction and Refinement. These principles are pervasive throughout UCL's research involving the use of animals and we continually seek to find new ways to improve research methods.

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