Biological Services


UCL Biological Services

Image courtesy of Dr G. Galea, UCL and Wellcome Images


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.

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 Department comprises ten animal units across UCL, each providing facilities and infrastructure for biomedical research.

The welfare of our animals is a 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.


Animal Research @ 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.

3Rs Commitment

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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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