Animal research

How and why we use animals in some of our research and teaching, and how we make sure we keep to the highest ethical standards.


Animal research news and press releases from Bath.

How to make fish shine

A brightly coloured zebrafish

Scientists from the University of Bath have helped to figure out why shoals of fish flash silver by studying how shiny silver cells are created in zebrafish.

Policies, codes and procedures

Our policy statement on animal research, the procedure for ethical review and the code of ethical practice we follow.

Animal research: policy statement

Side by side pictures of white mice and zebrafish in use for animal research at University of Bath

How we approach research involving animals, including regulations we follow, our ethical review process and the animal species we use in our research.

Facts and figures

Read about the type and scale of our animal research activities and their impact on animals.

Guidance and forms

What you need to do to make sure your research involving animals is ethically responsible.

Case studies

Read about our animal research in action.

Refining blood sampling in mice

A mouse is gently cupped by one person while the experimenter makes a small incision, about 2 cm from the tip of the tail, in the lateral tail vein using a sharp blade.

We've developed a minimally invasive method of blood sampling, which allows multiple samples to be taken from the same animal with as little stress as possible.