Skip navigation to content

Animals in research

'Animals in research' applies to all vertebrate and cephalopod species researched or observed anywhere, in the name of the University of St Andrews.


Policy on the use of animals in research


Information is available on the purpose of our research and the number of animals involved.

Research involving animals will be critically evaluated for any ethical and welfare issues. The University has an Animal Welfare and Ethics Committee (AWEC) as part of our ethical review process that must be informed of all vertebrate and cephalopod research, including collaborative work.

All work to be undertaken within University animal facilities must be discussed initially with the relevant people before the work commences.

University Teaching Research and Ethics Committee (UTREC) provide guidelines on ethical issues related to all “funded research” See Automatically approved ethical funders (PDF, 179 KB). If the funding body is not an approved funder, special permission needs to be obtained.

Application procedures

Any research proposals that might involve licensing should be discussed with the Home Office Liaison Contact (HOLC).

Step-by-step guides on applying for new personal licence or project licence are available.

University and Home Office forms can be downloaded to be used for applying for new licences, amending existing licences or preparing submissions in relation to the second- and fourth-year reviews of project licences.


Links to various organisations (official, training and advisory) whose activities are of relevance to all of those who work with animals.

Contact details

Home Office Liaison Officer
Tel: 01334 462527

See also