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Research animal science

Our research animals team is formed of specialist scientific staff. They work with those involved in the regulation, care and use of animals in experiments, both nationally and internationally, to develop and promote practical measures that will help to: 

  • ensure critical assessment, on a case by case basis, of the necessity and justification for animal use 
  • replace, or avoid, the use of animals 
  • reduce the numbers used 
  • refine experimental procedures, housing and care to improve welfare and to minimise and preferably avoid suffering.

For more information about the work of the RSPCA research animals team see who we are and what we do, along with the sections detailing our two major areas of work: promoting fuller implementation of the 3Rs, and developing more effective processes of ethical review.


Animals are used for many different purposes in research and testing and each area of use raises specific ethical, welfare and scientific issues. The RSPCA adopts a constructive, practical approach, judging every issue individually, critically questioning the necessity and justification for animal use and arguing the need to reduce the conflict between the interests of animals and of science. Our primary aim is the replacement of animal experiments with humane alternatives worldwide. Until this can be achieved, we work to help ensure that the minimum numbers of animals are used and that they experience the minimum suffering.

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For updates on our work to help lab animals, along with general news and views relating to animal experiments, follow us: @RSPCA_LabAnimal

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