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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 five calendar years.

The Number of Animals Used in Procedures Under ASPA
Species20172018201920202021
Mice 18,120 (96.8%) 20,340 (98.5%) 19,787 (97.4%) 14,719 (98.6%) 12,112 (99%)
Rats 43 (0.2%) 104 (0.5%) 86 (0.4%) 37 (0.2%) 13 (<1%)
Fish 312 (1.7%) 25 (0.1%) None (0%) None (0%) None (0%)
Rabbits 1 (<0.1%) None (0%) None (0%) None (0%) 3 (<1%)
Chicken Embryos 251 (1.3%) 173 (0.8%) 445 (2.2%) 168 (1.1%) 128 (1%)
Sheep None (0%) None (0%) None (0%) None (0%) None (0%)
Total 18,727 20,642 20,318 14,924 12,128

 

The Numbers of Animals Used at Different Severity Thresholds
Severity  201920202021
Mice Rats Mice Rats Mice Rats Rabbits
Sub-Threshold 6,783 (34%) 0 (0%) 6160 (42%) 0 (0%) 5065 (42%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
Mild 9,642 (49%) 5 (6%) 5250 (36%) 3 (8%) 4327 (36%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
Moderate 3,124 (16%) 42 (49%) 3157 (21%) 0 (0%) 2520 (21%) 11 (85%) 3 (100%)
Severe 82 (<1%) 0 (0%) 106 (1%) 0 (0%) 128 (1%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
Non-Recovery 158 (<1%) 39 (45%) 46 (<1%) 34 (92%) 72 (<1%) 2 (15%) 0 (%)
Total 19,789 86 14,719 37 12,112 13 3

The above data is collected and returned to the Home Office at the end of January each year. The figures for the number of animals used in procedures and severity thresholds for the previous year will look to be updated on this website as soon as possible once figures have been send to the Home Office.

 

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