Animals in Research and Education

Animal Research

Many of our biomedical discoveries, innovations, and treatments were made possible because of scientific animal research. Our resources reinforce the importance of animal research and ensure the public that researchers are committed to protecting the safety and health of people and animals.

Meet Our Animals in Research and Education Committee


Biomedical Research Breakthroughs: 2010-2019
Factsheet examines many of the biomedical discoveries, innovations, and treatments that were made possible because of scientific animal research. It also highlights some common drugs that started with animal research and the process used to approve the drugs. 

Animal Research FAQ Factsheet
A factsheet that addresses common misconceptions associated with laboratory animal research.

Animal Research Saves Lives and Cures Diseases Series
A series of three factsheets that examines the use of animals in research and its effect on human and animal health: Part I: Canines, Rabbits, and Guinea Pigs
Part II: Felines, Pigs, and Goats
Part III: Nonhuman Primates, Sheep, and Llama

Humanized Mouse Models: Using Human Cells to Conquer Disease
A three-page factsheet highlighting key breakthroughs for infectious disease research, serving as key preclinical tools for a wide variety of translational studies.

Animal Research Saves Lives
A two-page factsheet highlighting 1) contributions that animals have made and continue to make in improving human and animal health and 2) the guidelines in place to ensure appropriate care and treatment of laboratory animals.

Facts on Studies with Dogs
A two-page document detailing how research with dogs has led to advances in therapies for many diseases that affect both animals and humans.

Facts on Studies with Non-human Primates
A one-page document listing medical advances that were made possible due to non-human primate research.

The Critical Role of Nonhuman Primates in Medical Research
This white paper, sponsored by FASEB, the American Physiological Society, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Transplant Foundation, the Society for Neuroscience, the Foundation for Biomedical Research, the American Society for Microbiology, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and the Endocrine Society, highlights key medical research areas in which non-human primates remain essential in discovering treatments and cures. 

Statement of Principles for the Use of Animals in Research 

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