The University of Southampton has an international reputation for medical research into a wide range of life-threatening and chronic diseases. Practically all medicines currently prescribed, and other forms of medical treatment available, have been developed in the past with the aid of experimental animal-based research. Advances in computer modelling and cell culture techniques have provided some reliable alternatives for researchers worldwide. Although these other techniques are being used, there is still a need for research involving animals in the development of treatments for many illnesses.
The use of animals in research is, rightly, a matter for concern and is subject to rigorous controls. All research in Britain is governed by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. This law demands that animals are only used in very strictly controlled circumstances and for ethically acceptable purposes, and the Home Office Inspectorate is responsible for monitoring adherence to these requirements. The University of Southampton has a rigorous process of ethical review in place, which fulfils Home Office requirements.
Further information on the use of animals in research, on the 1986 Act and on alternatives to animal work, can be found at the following websites: