Medical research involving animals is beneficial to both humans and other animals. Certain kinds of questions can only be answered through animal studies. This section provides background and analysis of both animal research in general and specific animal research issues.
On January 14, 2016, USDA Animal Care (AC) announced several updates to the Animal Welfare Inspection Guide. Of particular interest is a new option permitting USDA inspectors to address certain noncompliant items through “teachable moments” rather than citations.
November 18, 2015—NIH Director Francis Collins announced a plan to retire all NIH-owned chimpanzees.
On December 8, 2015, an expert panel recommended that the World Health Organization (WHO) not place international drug controls on ketamine.
Published in Advances in Physiology Education
, this article provides historical perspective review on animal teaching laboratories in medical education, including an evaluation of the methodologies and conclusions of several studies sometimes cited by those who oppose of live animal labs.
Many prominent educators in the field of physiology recognize the value of animal laboratories, praising the value of these exercises for “direct experience, insight, and learning” and their “enormous educational merit and benefit.”
Check out animalresearchcures.org
for our updated FAQ on animal research, the free PDF, and other helpful resources.
APS’s Resource Book for the Design of Animal Exercise Protocols
offers suggestions for how to design, review, and implement experimental paradigms
involving animals and exercise.
Animal research is subject to a number of layers of regulation and oversight.
Information on animal research oversight and regulation.
The American Physiological Society condemns all acts of violence or intimidation against individuals engaged in legitimate scientific inquiries intended to advance knowledge and improve health.
Statements from societies, universities, federal agencies, and others condemning attacks and harassment targeted at researchers.
Advice from NIH on how to mitigate the threat of animal rights extremists.
Highlights from the APS Animal Care and Experimentation Committee EB2012 symposium on Public Outreach.