Numbers and species

Every year we provide the Home Office with information on the number of procedures and types of animals that we use in our research. Animals that we use at QMUL that are covered by the Home Office regulations are rats, mice, birds and fish.

We also carry out research in fruit flies and bees, which are not covered by the Home Office regulations, and on naked mole rats where research follows Home Office rules but doesn’t involve any regulated procedures.


SpeciesNumber of procedures (2017)
Mice 34,591
Rats 482
Birds 10
Fish 5,338



SpeciesNumber of procedures (2016)
Mice 32,628
Rats 608
Birds 184
Fish 7,114



SpeciesNumber of procedures (2015)
Mice 37,588
Rats 1,232
Birds 49
Fish 3,355