Why Use Animals

Animals are needed in research for a variety of reasons, including to improve the treatment of animal and human diseases and ecological problems.

As an institution of higher learning whose mission is to further knowlege and to serve the public, Michigan State University is committed to research, including researching involving animals. That research must be conducted with attention to the top standards of care.

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Replacement, Refinement, Reduction Policy

That research must also first attempt to Replace the use of animals with another technique, Refine the techniques to minimize or avoid discomfort to the animals, and if still necessary to use animal models, to Reduce the number of animals used to the minimum necessary. 

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