Animal facilities

The development of drugs and medical technologies that help to reduce suffering among humans and animals depends on the carefully regulated use of animals for research.

Animal research has played a vital part in nearly every medical breakthrough over the last decade.

Some of the Brain and Mind Research Institute programs involve the use of dogs, mice, rats, guinea pigs and zebrafish.

Although humans are very different to these animals, there is a significant similarity in the genes and organ systems that control their development and behaviour.

We can learn much about human health, disease, development and behaviour from studying animals.

Our research programs involving dogs are run in collaboration with the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science and are providing new insights into canine forms of dementia.

Find out more about our research projects that involve non-human animals, and those that do not involve non-human animals.


  • Mouse housing, behaviour and embryo transfer rooms
  • Rat housing and behaviour room
  • Zebrafish facility with 1000 tanks, able to hold about 20 000 adult zebrafish, and a microscopy suite including a confocal microscope
  • Preclinical (molecular) imaging