Animals in Research — Advances in Medical Research

How Animal Testing and Research Has Helped You

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.

Animal research also saves and improves the lives of household pets, farm animals, wildlife and endangered species in the form of medications, vaccinations and medical devices. For example, feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia virus infections, both major causes of death in cats, can be avoided with vaccinations. Similarly, an annual vaccination protects dogs against the often deadly canine parvovirus.

These are just some of the benefits of animal testing.


For more information about animal testing, visit the Foundation for Biomedical Research website.