University Biomedical Support Services (UBSS)


University Biomedical Support Services

Welcome to the University Biomedical Support Services

Our staff provide a unique service within the Univeristy, we provide extensive administrative and Veterinary assistance to many facilities in relation to Home Office licences.

The team also delivers training courses to ensure all licence applicants are equipped with the correct training needed.

The department Training Centre also provides IAT (Institute of Animal Technology) Level 2 & 3 courses for both distance and seminar based learning.


University of Cambridge Animal Welfare Policy

Research using animals has made, and continues to make, a vital contribution to the understanding, treatment and cure of major human and animal health problems; including cancer, heart disease, polio, diabetes and neurological diseases and disorders.

While new methods have enabled scientists and medical researchers to reduce studies involving animals, some work must continue for further fundamental advances to be made.

Review of the University of Cambridge Regulatory/Operational Framework Governing Animal Research

An expert panel, commissioned by the General Board of the University of Cambridge, has undertaken a review of the governance and operation of the University’s facilities for animal research. The panel found no concerns about regulatory compliance, but has made a series of recommendations principally intended to unify the operation and strengthen the strategic oversight of those facilities. The Board has approved the panel’s recommendations in principle, and appointed an implementation group to take forward the recommendations, including proposing the necessary changes to Ordinances, in consultation with the Councils of the Schools of the Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine.

The members of the expert panel were:

  • Dr Jon Richmond, Ex-Chief Inspector, Home Office
  • Dr David Anderson, Ex-Superintendent, Home Office
  • Mr Adrian Deeny, Establishment Licence Holder, University College London
  • Mr John Dalton, Independent Facilitator


The Establishment Licence Holders Information pages are now located on Camtools, if you require access please contact UBSS. The log in page can be found at: