Recent News

2019 Animal Science Meeting Invitation

30th October 2019

This is a reminder that applications to attend the 2019 Animal Science Meeting, co-hosted by the Royal Society of Biology and the Home Office Animal Science Regulation Unit, will close on Sunday 3rd November.

This meeting will provide active researchers, support staff and administrators in animal research with an opportunity to discuss their work and attend workshops and talks.

The Royal Society of Biology is involved in developing animal research policy through its special interest group, the Animal Science Group, which brings together the broad spectrum of UK bodies actively involved in supporting, funding, or formulating policy on research involving animals.

Details of past Animal Science Meetings are available to view on the RSB website.

For further information, please visit the event page, or get in touch at or on 020 3925 3445.

IAT Statement on footage from the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT)

21st October 2019

The Institute of Animal Technology has issued the attached statement on the Undercover footage at the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT) near Hamburg, published by Cruelty Free International and Soko Tierschutz.

Click here to read the statement

UFAW and HSA Grants and Awards

15th October 2019

The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) and Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) are actively seeking applications to their grants and awards which are available for research and projects in Animal Welfare.

For further information about the awards and grants available please follow one of these links:

Train the Trainer: Mentoring Women in STEM Apprenticeships

11th October 2019

This accredited programme has been scheduled to run again with the training session taking place at West Lothian College on Wednesday 20/11/19. Please CLICK HERE for a factsheet providing further information about the programme which enables organisations to make a real difference to support and encourage females into STEM industries.

The cost for the course is £180. Places are limited therefore if you can meet the entry requirements, are able to commit to the study plan and wish to attend please reply by email including a completed course booking form (CLICK HERE) no later than 05/11/19 to

27th September 2019

FBR strive to provide new educational materials to promote the public's understanding of biomedical research. A new 1.5 minute shareable video has been produced "Three Human Diseases that Zebrafish Have Helped Treat!" It delves into the benefits of zebrafish in biomedical research by looking at three major disease areas that have greatly advanced because of zebrafish research models. 

Animal research numbers 2018 published

18th July 2019

The government today released its annual statistics on the number of animals used in scientific, medical and veterinary research in 2018. The number of procedures carried on living animals for medical, veterinary, scientific and environmental research in Great Britain in 2018 was 3,519,917. This was DOWN 7% from 3,789,373 procedures in 2017.

Our colleagues at Understanding Animal Research have analysed the data and have published a summary of the report. 

NC3Rs/IAT Animal Technicians’ Symposium 2019

2nd October 2019

Register now for the NC3Rs/IAT Animal Technicians’ Symposium 2019

The programme for our joint symposium with NC3Rs is now available online. The symposium will feature talks on the latest advances in laboratory animal welfare, primarily aimed at junior technicians. Attendees will have the chance to network with fellow technicians and present a poster on a topic relevant to the 3Rs. Travel bursaries of up to £100 are available.


Attendance is free, but registration is essential. The deadline to register is 13 September.

7th June 2019

The Board of Educational Policy is appointed by Council to advise on educational policy and procedure. Its members are charged with ensuring that the qualifications remain current and appropriate to the latest techniques and knowledge in animal technology. The Board advises Council on criteria for acceptance of qualifications, the maintenance of assessments and associated documents.


The Boards latest newsletter is now available

1st March 2019

The RSPCA/LASA/LAVA/IAT guidance on avoiding mortality in animal research and testing is now available as an online page turner or download.

IAT Animal Welfare Group publishes advice on feeding and watering Laboratory Animals

28th January 2019

The IAT Animal Welfare Group has published an advice notice on the Feeding and Watering of Laboratory Animals.

As reported by the Animals in Science Regulation Unit (ASRU) a failure to provide water and food is the second most common cause of non-compliance in 2016. This document aims to provide advice with a focus on the role of the animal technicians on the steps to be taken to ensure compliance with the terms of ASPA standard condition 4.

Click here to download a copy


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