The use of animals in science is a small but important part of King’s College London's research into human disease and biomedical sciences.
At King's, we are committed to providing a healthy, safe and supportive environment for our staff, our researchers and our animals. The Biological Services Unit provides facilities, services and advice for all research scientists within King's 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.
The researchers at King’s are funded by a wide range of organisations, such as Medical Research Council (MRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), European Research Council (ERC) as well as a number of charities.
The projects that researchers work on in the Biological Services facilities are wide ranging, for example the development of vaccines against HIV, novel treatments for dementia, immnunotherapy of cancer and mechanisms and targets for chronic pain.
All animal work is performed in accordance with the Animals (Scientific Procedures Act 1986) (ASPA) and Amendment Regulations 2012.
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.