Many diseases that plagued the globe are now preventable, treatable or have been eradicated because of medical research involving animals.
In fact, when you take antibiotics, get a vaccine, a blood transfusion, dialysis or chemotherapy, you’re able to do so because of animal testing and research. Practically every drug, treatment, medical device, diagnostic tool or cure in place today was developed with the help of laboratory animals.
We at UTMB realize that there are organizations that oppose the use of animals in research but such research is necessary and required to improve human health. Scientists worldwide believe that halting scientific research that involves animals is unrealistic and would greatly reduce medical advances and discoveries.