Statistics, reports and discussions on animal research at UBC.Read More
Animals and basic science research.Read More
Lived experience reaffirms the role of animals in life-saving science.Read More
Lab animals present a new field for animal welfare studies.Read More
UBC academics plan an international forum to explore new models of governing animal research that enhance public involvement.Read More
Around the world, research using animals has played an essential role in almost every major health advance for both humans and animals.
Medical milestones such as antibiotics, anesthetics, heart valve replacements and vaccines to prevent rabies in companion animals have all involved animal research. Since 1901, almost every Nobel Prize in Medicine has been awarded for innovations dependent on data from animal models. Also, new medicines and treatment must be evaluated in a living organism before being given to humans, according to federal government requirements.
At UBC, animal research is a privilege to be used only when no alternative is possible. It’s true that non-animal techniques, such as cell cultures and computer simulations, are important. However, these methods cannot yet mirror the complicated and sometimes unpredictable processes of a living system.
We take animal research very seriously and respect the unique contribution animals make to improving health, preventing disease and saving lives. Our investigators, veterinarians and animal care technicians are all committed to humane animal care. UBC subscribes to the 3Rs principles of animal use: Replacement, Reduction and Refinement. Investigators carefully design research projects and continually refine procedures to reduce the number of animals used and replace them, where possible, with non-animal methods.
Research and facilities involving animals are rigorously reviewed, inspected and regulated at federal and institutional levels.
UBC has one of the largest research communities in Canada and attracts the second-highest amount of health research funding in Canada. We stand behind the important contributions made by our dedicated investigators and encourage you to learn more about their research results and methods by accessing scientific journals where research is published. Through this website, we aim to increase public understanding of the of the process and benefits of animal research at UBC and beyond.
“Why I am a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian”
Kelly Walton DVM, a third year student of comparative medicine at Colorado State University, explains why her love of animals led her to a career in laboratory animal welfare.
Rodent euthanasia methods under scrutiny
Study shows anaesthetics may be a more humane way to kill rats and mice than carbon dioxide, but reveals a surprising twist.
Three Who Stood Up
Their reputations were attacked. Their homes were damaged. Their lives were threatened. But these UCLA scientists refused to back down in the face of assaults by anti-animal-research extremists.
Don't Have the Wool Pulled Over Your Eyes
I suspect that most people don't realize how much they owe their well-being, even their lives, to research using experimental animals.
UBC academics plan an international forum to explore new models of regulating animal research that enhance public involvement
FROM FARM TO LAB
Lab animals present a new field for animal welfare studies
Lived experience reaffirms the role of animals in life-saving science. http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012/07/04/facing-cancer/
Creatures great and small
The first of a series on animals in research looks at four basic science studies. Upcoming articles will address animals in medical research, and how animal research is governed. http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012/06/06/creatures-great-and-small/
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: LETTERS
Campus letters on animal research http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012/06/06/in-their-own-words-letters/
Coffee and other stimulant drugs may cause high achievers to slack off: UBC study
UBC animal research vindicated by Canadian Council on Animal Care
Why animal research is more essential than ever
John Hepburn, UBC Vice President Research and International, makes the case for animal research in the Vancouver Sun of Monday, March 12th 2012 (page A-7)
ANIMALS IN RESEARCH
The UBC community examines a tough issue.