Animal testing within UK universities

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Rory John
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Hi, I am currently only in year 11 but my school has advised us to start thinking about university, so here I am.

I am adamantly against animal cruelty, so would like to go to a university that minimizes animal testing, or does not do it at all if possible. The degrees I am thinking of are all either physics or film related, if that helps.

Is there anywhere you'd advise I should go to/avoid at all costs? I know a lot of the London unis are meant to be pretty bad in this respect, but other than that I'm struggling to find information.

Thanks in advance for any help
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Sorry to say but animal testing is mandatory in a LOT of subjects. When I done my Biomedical Science degree, we had to keep a rat’s intestine (it was removed from it when it was alive obviously) alive in a respiratory machine and feed it the hormones needed to keep it alive (as part of our Pathophysiology and Immunological studies module). It was to keep recording its respiratory rate.

So, if you want to take part in any form of educational institute, if it does any kind of biology related module and anything related to medicine, it’s likely going to involve animal testing.
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I did that module about 4 years ago.
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(Original post by Rory John)
Hi, I am currently only in year 11 but my school has advised us to start thinking about university, so here I am.

I am adamantly against animal cruelty, so would like to go to a university that minimizes animal testing, or does not do it at all if possible. The degrees I am thinking of are all either physics or film related, if that helps.

Is there anywhere you'd advise I should go to/avoid at all costs? I know a lot of the London unis are meant to be pretty bad in this respect, but other than that I'm struggling to find information.

Thanks in advance for any help
You are struggling to find information because you are starting from the wrong end of the argument. Look at the regulatory policies for testing on animals and understand how strict and limiting they are. No-one likes animal testing, but at least necessity is embedded in the process.

You can cut out any university with a medical school to start with, because the will be doing medical research. I presume you also avoid nearly all medications and medical procedures etc.

https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/laboratory

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/research...-using-animals
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Personally I think you should stay home and stare at the wall because if you’re choosing a university based off if they do animal testing and you’re not going to study a course related to it at all seems pointless. No offence tho
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(Original post by Rory John)
Hi, I am currently only in year 11 but my school has advised us to start thinking about university, so here I am.

I am adamantly against animal cruelty, so would like to go to a university that minimizes animal testing, or does not do it at all if possible. The degrees I am thinking of are all either physics or film related, if that helps.

Is there anywhere you'd advise I should go to/avoid at all costs? I know a lot of the London unis are meant to be pretty bad in this respect, but other than that I'm struggling to find information.

Thanks in advance for any help
I think it will be pretty impossible for you to go to a university (at least one of the more prestigious research ones i.e. russell group) that doesn't do any animal testing. However, in the UK all animal testing is highly regulated and if they are conducting research with animals (which they will be as its such a vital part of medical science) then they will only be doing so because it is necessary, and they always limit the animals suffering as much as possible. If you're really bothered, you can try looking at the research parts of uni websites, where they talk about what research they are doing. Although there won't really be a page on what animal testing they do, it'll be very briefly outlined on the individual research group pages what animal models they use. I am sure some unis will be using certain animals e.g. mice more than others depending on what research they are doing. But its also very unlikely that this will be the same as when you apply and start your course, because biological research is a very fast paced field of research and they may be working on fruit flies now but most research ends up in a mammalian model a couple of years down the line, so its super hard to predict. You could always try and look for other aspects of the uni that align with your morals if you can't avoid going to one with animal testing. For example, I go to sheffield, and they are really pushing vegan/vegetarianism and sustainable living (they have both a zero waste shop and a vegan/veg cafe in their SU). Good luck in your search!
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Animal testing is wrong
nothing can change that fact
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If you choose to study film at a film school in an art specialist university then you can probably be confident that there's no animal testing associated with them.

It's worth looking at the research ethics committee and processes for various universities that you might be interested in to understand a bit more about the checks and balances that are part of the process of conducting research at different universities. A lot of universities that do conduct animal research (particularly any research on live mammals) will be quite protective of releasing too much information publicly - not because they're hiding unethical research but because individual researchers have been targeted with threats and violence in the past and a university has a duty of care towards their employees not to expose them to harm.

Are you opposed to all animal research/testing or just those using animal models for medical testing? Many universities will research into animal behaviour and similar in an effort to protect and conserve species (for instance investigating the impact of air pollution or pesticides on bees). That can involve using live test subjects.
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