Understanding Animal Research have released a new resource, their Lab Animal Tour, a ‘street view’ into four animal research facilities in the UK. This digital tour allows users to move around the University of Bristol, University of Oxford, Mary Lyon Centre at the MRC Harwell, and The Pirbright Institute, providing the viewer with 360 degree vision of animal rooms and surgical suites.
Along with exploring the facilities' rooms, the Lab Animal Tour also allows visitors to find out more information about the work carried out in each room and includes videos showing mice, cows, pigs and monkeys in the lab animal setting. The project aim to allow the public much greater access to see how the animals are housed, what research is carried out and how this is done.
Understanding Animal Research (UAR) aims to explain why animals are used in medical and scientific research. The British Society for Immunology is a signatory of the UAR's Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, meaning that we pledge to be open about the ways in which animals are used in scientific, medical and veterinary research in the UK.