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If you are a researcher at the University of St Andrews, please see the information on the Research involving animals page.

The University of St Andrews carries out research with animals under the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act (ASPA), 1986

The research carried out by the University ranges from animal behaviour and conservation, through to neuroscience and physiology.   

Research involving animals is carried out in the following general areas:

  • protection of the natural environment
  • animal biology and reproductive systems
  • nervous system
  • animal behaviour.

The University aims to be open about research which involves animals and is a signatory to the Concordat on Openness, which encourages best practice when engaging with the public about animal research. 

For the Concordat on Openness reporting period for 2018 to 2019, at least 55 individual researchers delivered at least 35 events on work that covers animal research. Audiences have included:

  • families
  • schools
  • tourists and visitor audiences through partnership with attractions
  • uniformed youth groups (scouts, guides, etc.)
  • online groups
  • prison learners.

Researchers at St Andrews engage in basic bioscience which underpins advances in the health and wellbeing of humans and animals. We also perform biomedical research which directly addresses human medical disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone Disease. Our fundamental research also investigates how animals interact with their environment, providing new information about how they can be better protected in the wild.