The Royal Veterinary College shares society’s desire to minimise the use of animal experimentation, improve the welfare of animals in research and increase the use of scientifically validated alternative methods that reduce, refine or replace the use of animal models.

We are of the opinion that animal experimentation is still a necessary part of the scientific discovery process and development of new medicines for veterinary and human use that will ultimately benefit animals and people worldwide. All of our work with animals is subjected to rigorous and independent ethical and welfare review processes.

The Royal Veterinary College fully supports and endorses the ARRIVE guidelines developed by the NC3Rs, to improve the design and reporting of studies involving animals.  Our researchers are actively encouraged to use the guidelines when reporting the results of any research that uses experimental animals.

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