Use of Dogs in Experiments

APDAWG: The Use of Dogs in Animal Experiments



Tuesday 27th February, 6-8pm.

Committee Room 11, Palace of Westminster, Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 2JR.

Did you know that over 4,000 experiments were conducted on dogs in the UK in 2016?

71% of those dogs were used for testing human medicines.

February’s meeting of the All-party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group (APDAWG) is a great opportunity to find out more about the use of dogs in animal experiments.

You will have the chance to listen to short presentations & then ask questions of our expert panel.



Peter Egan


Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D., FOCAE, Senior Research Scientist, Cruelty Free International

Jessamy Korotoga, Animal Aid

Roy Sutcliffe, Marshal Bio UK

Professor Dominic J Wells, MA VetMB PhD MRCVS FHEA FRSB, Neuromuscular Disease Group, Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Royal Veterinary College

Tom Holder, Head of External Communications, Understanding Animal Research

Sue Starkey, Run Free Alliance

Michelle Thew, CEO, Cruelty Free International


Current regulatory guidelines usually require safety & tolerability data from two species, a rodent (rat or mouse) & non-rodent (dog, minipig or non-human primate), before potential new medicines can be given to humans in clinical trials.

Home Office statistics published in 2015 show the scale of animal use for just one of the tests conducted - repeat dose toxicity tests - with 29,597 tests with rats, 9,636 using mice, 2,454 with dogs & 1,330 with non-human primates.

Many of these toxicology tests were introduced some 40 years ago. Our scientific knowledge and the pharmaceutical industry have changed enormously, and we have new compound types and new in vitro and in silico technologies available to evaluate safety.

This begs the question of whether continuing animal use, including the use of dogs, can be justified ethically and scientifically?

Places are extremely limited so to book your place please email your name and organisation you represent to