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The University of Southampton
Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body

Numbers and types of animals used in procedures regulated under ASPA at the University of Southampton

The University of Southampton openly shares the numbers of animals used in procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) as part of its commitment to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK.

The AWERB considers it important that steps are taken to ensure that animals experience minimal pain and suffering during any experimental process.

The table below shows the reported numbers and rounded percentages of animals used at the University of Southampton under ASPA for the previous four calendar years.

Animal20162017201820192020
Mice  18,383 (95.7%) 18,120 (96.8%) 20,340 (98.5%) 19,787 (97.4%) 14,719 (98.6%)
Rats  6 (<0.1%) 43 (0.2%) 104 (0.5%) 86 (0.4%) 37 (0.2%)
Fish  524 (2.7%) 312 (1.7%) 25 (0.1%) None (0%) None (0%)
Rabbits  None (0%) 1 (<0.1%) None (0%) None (0%) None (0%)
Chicken Embryos 285 (1.5%) 251 (1.3%) 173 (0.8%) 445 (2.2%) 168 (1.1%)
Sheep 12 (<0.1%) None (0%) None (0%) None (0%) None (0%)
Total 19,210 18,727 20,642 20,318 14,924

 

 20192020
  Mice Rats Mice Rats
Sub-Threshold 6,783 (34%) 0 (0%) 6160 (42%) 0 (0%)
Mild 9,642 (49%) 5 (6%) 5250 (36%) 3 (8%)
Moderate 3,124 (16%) 42 (49%) 3157 (21%) 0 (0%)
Severe 82 (<1%) 0 (0%) 106 (1%) 0 (0%)
Non-Recovery 158 (<1%) 39 (45%) 46 (<1%) 34 (92%)
Total 19,789 86 14,719 37
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