Biological Services


UCL's Animal Research Statistics for 2017 Published

3 August 2018

As part of UCL's ongoing commitment to increased openness regarding animal research, UCL has published the annual statistics relating to scientific procedures performed on living animals in accordance with the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) for 2017.

Species 2016  2017 
Mice 131,836 120,368
Fish 62,482 87,373
Rats 8,341 5,950
Rabbits 181 184
Hamsters 0 0
Gerbils 14 61
Pigs 57 49
Guinea Pigs 45 36
Ferrets 13 4
Rhesus Monkeys 0 0
Xenopus 775 545
Total 203,744 214,570

These figures were submitted to the Home Office to be incorporated in the National Statistics' release 'Annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals, Great Britain 2017' published on 19th July 2018.

The publication contains statistics on the regulated scientific procedures carried out on protected living animals in Great Britain each year, as reported to the Home Office by project licence holders via the 'Return of Procedures' (ROPs).

For more information about why and when UCL uses animals in research, visit the Animal Research webpages.