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Animals in education/research

The American Animal Hospital Association supports responsible and judicious use of animals in post-secondary education and scientific research only when the benefits are clear and only when it can be justified scientifically, ethically and morally. We also believe that veterinarians are an essential part of all programs involving the care and use of animals in research.

AAHA recognizes the importance and benefits of the use of animals in research with the goal of improving the health of humans and animals. We strongly support the replacement of animals used in research and education, when possible, by using non-animal systems such as computer models, biochemical or cell-based systems. We encourage the refinement of procedures and housing that can reduce the number of animals needed, while minimizing pain, distress and discomfort.

Whenever appropriate, consideration should be given to finding homes for these animals.


Adopted by the American Animal Hospital Association Board of Directors, November 1994. Last revised June 2018

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