The use of animals in science is a small but important part of King’s research into human disease and biomedical sciences.
The Biological Services Unit provide facilities, services and advice for all research scientists within King's College London who need to carry out research using animals. Such work is ethically reviewed, carefully regulated and kept to a minimum within the overall objectives of advancing knowledge in biomedical research. Alternatives to research involving animals are always used where possible.
King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £600 million.
All animal work is performed in accordance with the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) and amendment regulations 2012.