Animal Research

As a signatory to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, the University of Stirling is committed to enhancing our communications with the media and the public about our research using animals. The University of Stirling is committed to making the outputs of research publicly accessible through our open access online research repository STORRE (Stirling Online Research Repository). Our research policies are also publicly available and subject to (at least) annual review.

The University of Stirling is one of the world’s leading centres of Aquaculture research focussing on:

  • Fundamental questions relating to strategies for sustainable aquaculture, whether in modern commercial markets or in feeding poor communities in developing countries.
  • All aspects of aquatic animal health including; immunology, histopathology, bacteriology, virology, parasitology and welfare.
  • Work on the importance of fish oils and the key role they play in human nutrition for the development of the nervous system, and in the prevention and therapy of pathological conditions including cardiovascular and inflammatory disorders.
  • Fish farming to ensure that the production of fish is a controllable and sustainable resource, improving brood stock management, welfare and potential new-farmed aquatic animals.

As well as Aquaculture research, our Faculty of Natural Sciences carries out observational animal studies investigating declining bee populations and animal behaviour.

The University of Stirling supports the use of animals in research where no alternative is available and our researchers are committed to considering the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) in the design of any study ensuring that the number of animals used is minimised, and that procedures, and care routines are refined to maximise welfare. When publishing results of animal studies researchers do so in accordance with the NC3Rs’ ARRIVE Guidelines.

The animal research undertaken at the University of Stirling is carried out to the stringent legal requirements of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, as amended, encompassing EU Directive 2010/63/EU. The University ethical review process considers all proposals that involve using animals. It includes lay representation, an independent chairperson and provides ethical advice on standards of animal care, welfare and accommodation. 


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