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Animal research

The University does not carry out any research involving animals on its premises. Experimentation on animals is strictly controlled by the Home Office and can only be conducted by licensees in accordance with the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act of 1986.

Where Kingston University staff or students are associated with research involving animals, researchers are advised at an early stage to consider the opportunities for reduction, replacement and refinement of animal involvement. Any research involving animals is conducted by suitably qualified and licensed individuals at licensed premises, and is subject to ethical approval by an appropriately qualified research ethics committee. The nature of Kingston University's involvement is recorded by the relevant faculty.

We are using definitions as per the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act:

  • By ‘animal' we refer to all living vertebrates, other than humans, under the responsibility of humans (plus the invertebrate species Octopus Vulgaris); and from halfway through their gestation or incubation periods (for mammals, birds and reptiles) or from when they become capable of independent feeding (for fish, amphibians and octopuses).

  • By ‘research' we refer to animal experiments that could potentially cause pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm to animals under the responsibility of humans. Observational research that does not cause any harm is usually acceptable but the PVC (Research) should be informed of any projects which could be deemed controversial.