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John Waters, Chief Animal Technician at the University of Liverpool has won the Outstanding Technician of the Year award at the THE Awards, widely recognised as the ‘Oscars of the higher education sector’.

Animal technician John Waters stands in an experimental maze, wearing PPE and holding a mouse in a clear plastic tube.

New research published in Scientific Reports demonstrates that skin swabbing provides a less invasive method of DNA collection from small laboratory fish than the commonly used method of fin clipping, with the potential to have a wide impact upon


Europe is home to a vibrant 3Rs community with a range of organisations who fund or promote science and technology developments that lead to opportunities to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in research.

Logos of the 3Rs organisations involved in the European collaboration: The Swiss 3R competence centre, The Danish-3R centre, 3Rs centre utrecht, Charité 3R, The Swedish 3Rs center and the NC3Rs

Up to £3.5 million funding is available through the 2020 CRACK IT Challenges competition to solve five Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors.

CRACK IT challenges logo

Recent articles in the scientific press have questioned whether the 3Rs should be replaced by a broader ethical framework for animal research.

A brown mouse

The NC3Rs has established a new strategic collaboration with konfer to provide small companies and academic researchers with a platform to showcase their 3Rs tools and technologies to a wide audience – enabling access to new partners and funding and

Two laboratory technicians looking at a sample

Earlier this year, NC3Rs staff met with animal technicians from different universities around the UK to discuss the ways they introduce new environmental enrichment into their facilities.

Three brown mice inside, on top of and around a cubic wooden shelter with circular holes.