Funding for this research was provided by:
Versus Arthritis (21216)
Received: 6 May 2020
Accepted: 21 June 2020
First Online: 1 July 2020
Ethics Approval and Consent to Participate
: Rat Achilles tendons were obtained as waste tissue from a related study which was approved by the Royal Veterinary College ethics committee, conducted under a Home Office licence (PB78F43EE) and complied with the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act (1986). Collection of equine tendon was approved prior to commencement of the project by the Royal Veterinary College Ethics and Welfare Committee (URN-2016-1627b). Tendons were sourced from horses euthanised for reasons other than tendon injury at a commercial equine abattoir as a by-product of agricultural industry. The Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, Schedule 2, does not define collection from these sources as a scientific procedure.
: Not applicable.
: All authors confirm they have no financial or non-financial competing interests.