Biological Support Unit (BSU)

Our state-of-the-art Biological Support Unit provides housing and care for pathogen-free rodents. It supports research across the Institute as well as providing services to private companies.

To find out more about why the Institute works with animals and what we achieve through this work, please visit our animal research pages.

The BSU is made up of four bio-science units, each performing a unique role in the provision of flexible services to meet the ever-changing needs of biological research. The four units are arranged around a central services unit which utilises robotic cage-washing technology and automated sterilisation processes to provide equipment and consumables to each unit. We have a mix of animal technicians and service technicians who perform daily husbandry duties and provide essential services to the facility.

​Our animal technicians hold Home Office Personal Licences enabling the BSU to provide technical support for researchers. The team have a commitment to up-hold the highest standards of animal welfare in all aspects of their work.




As a founding signatory of the Concordat on Openness on Animals in Research, the Institute is committed to communicating and engaging the public about our use of animals in research. More information in available on our animal research pages. You can also request a virtual tour of the BSU, or attend a range of other events related to our use of animals in research by contacting our Public Engagement team.


The BSU is keen to help more people to find out about their work and the job roles involved. The 'work with us, learn with us' booklet contains plenty of information about careers as an animal technician.

Facility Flier

More information about the BSU and its services are available through the BSU facility flyer (pdf).