Groups Supporting Animal Research
Foundation for Biomedical Research
FBR has a massive amount of information available on the use of animals in biomedical research. Includes factsheets, FAQ, regulatory information and perspectives from scientists, religious leaders, government and opponents. Can purchase educational materials here, including posters, books and videos.
National Association for Biomedical Research
The sister organization to FBR, the above educational organization, NABR engages in biomedical research advocacy on a national level.
States United for Biomedical Research
Not only does this site contain information on how different animals have contributed to medical knowledge, but it is a gateway to the state biomedical research advocacy groups. The state groups have a wide array of educational materials on the benefits of animal research, activities for students and educators and discussions of local issues.
Americans for Medical Progress
This site provides continuously updated news stories on progress and discovery in biomedicine through the use of animal research, as well as information and statements from opponents and supporters of animal research.
Understanding Animal Research
Understanding Animal Research aims to explain the role of animals in medical and scientific research. It provides information and educational materials on the humane use of animals in medicine and science based upon thorough research and scientific fact.
Laboratory Animals: Regulations, Information and Government Agencies
What are the laws and regulations governing the use of animals in research? Who enforces them and trains people in the humane care of laboratory animals?
Use of Animal Models in Biomedical Research: Challenges and Opportunities
This presentation, given by Dr. Norka Ruiz Bravo, Deputy Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the Federal Demonstration Partnership, conveys the NIH perspective on the use of animal models in research and the regulations ensuring their humane care and treatment. It also discussed the challenges to the use of animal models faced by the biomedical research community.
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
A branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), APHIS is the agency in charge of administering the Animal Welfare Act, which regulates animal care. This site links to a great deal of information on laws and regulations regarding animal welfare, as well as government reports on the subject.
National Institute of Health - Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)
While some species of laboratory animal are not protected under the Animal Welfare Act, the majority of these lab animals are covered by the Public Health Service
Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
OLAW's web site outlines NIH's regulations and policies on the use of animals in research and provides researchers information on where to get training to work with or serve on Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC.)
Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR)
The Institute for Laboratory Animal Research is under the auspices of the National Academies of Science. They prepare authoritative reports and educational materials on the care and use of animals in research.
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)
An excellent resource for researchers working with, or wishing to educate others, about animal research. Information on this site includes certification programs and professional development activities for individuals who work with lab animals, conference information, and educational information about lab animal research. There are downloadable publications about the importance of animals in biomedical research.
Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC)
AAALAC promotes humane treatment of lab animals through a voluntary accreditation program. The site includes information on what accreditation entails, how to apply, what institutes have been accredited and international resources. Also a good source of information on humane animal care and use.
American College of Laboratory Medicine (ACLAM)
ACLAM offers certification of lab animal professionals - their site contains information on certification and professional development materials for animal research personnel.
Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW)
The primary purpose of this site is to educate scientists and educators about the best practices for lab animal care. It includes information on IACUC training, changes in regulations regarding animal care and provides a forum to exchange scientific information regarding lab animal welfare.
This site is a wonderful resource for Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees, as well as those who wish to learn more about how IACUCs work. Mainly consists of organized links to information on regulations, guidelines, databases and other resources.
Federal Regulations for Animal Research
A short overview of how federal regulations for animal research affect experimental design and the IACUC process. From the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science at Case Western University.
News and Discussion Boards
Get the latest news and debate on issues regarding animal research.
Myths About Animal Research
There's a lot of false information out there, propogated by a variety of organizations, claiming that animal research benefits no one. This site debunks some of the most common misperceptions, compiling information from a variety of sources.
“Ecoterrorism: Extremism in the Animal Rights & Enviromentalist Movements”
Anti-Defamation League report. An excellent overview of the history and current activities of the major groups involved, including ALF, ELF and SHAC, as well as some of the individuals associated with these groups. The report is designed to be a resource for law enforcement officials. There is an update section, which will be periodically updated with the most recent reports of activities of these groups.
Scientific Community and Patient Groups
Explore the perspective of those who work with and benefit from animal research.
American Physiological Society
The APS site highlights the latest news on issues and regulations regarding animal research, useful for both scientists and the public.
American Psychological Association
A cogent explanation on why animals are important in psychological research.
Society of Toxicology
The SOT's animals in research committee's activities and policy statements are available here.
For Younger Audiences
Have fun and learn something new!
Kids 4 Research
This fun and educational site provides information about science and research in general, aimed at K-12 students, and includes a section on animal research. There are games, art activities and learning tools, as well as sections for parents and teachers. Enjoyable and valuable information for kids of all ages.
Benefits of Animal Research to Animals
Research using animals is not just helping humans.
What Investigators Need to Know About the Use of Animals
This site provides a succinct resource for investigators to quickly grasp the main expectations and requirements when using animals in research supported by the Public Health Service.