Oxford is committed to high standards of animal welfare. That means housing animals well, ensuring they have opportunities to exhibit natural behaviours, looking after their psychological well-being, and keeping them in good physical health. For research procedures, it means regularly refining techniques so that they cause the minimum discomfort, and using anaesthetic and painkillers for the small percentage of invasive procedures like surgery so that animals do not experience pain.
The University of Oxford completed in 2008 a new facility, the Biomedical Sciences Building, to rehouse animals used in potentially life-saving research. The facility is state of the art in terms of animal health and hygiene (see link on left). Some specific examples of how the new building will improve animal welfare are given below.