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The Role of Animals in Biomedical Research

Watch episode 14 in FBR’s miniseries on YouTube. Humane and responsible animal research takes us from hope to treatments and cures.

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Why Animals Are Needed in Research


Ethical Animal Research For People, For Animals and For the Common Good

Providing Humane Paths Toward A Better Shared Future


Animal Research Saves Lives

The Importance of Animal Research

Cancer. Blindness. Injury. Addiction. These can impact people you love and animals you cherish. Through targeted, ethical, and regulated animal research, we can work together to find preventions and cures. Together, we can make a better world for everyone.

  • Treat disease and disorders
  • Ease pain and suffering
  • Extend lifetimes
  • Create safe medicines, medical devices, surgical procedures and therapies

See how animals help us save lives 

Unlocking Medical Miracles

Animal research is one of the keys

to unlocking medical mysteries.

Animal Research Saves

FBR Turns 40!

We put together a special booklet (look through it here!) to celebrate 40 years of promoting public understanding and support for responsible animal research. Please peruse and enjoy flipping through milestones and research advancements over the last four decades. It’s amazing to see not only how far FBR has come but also how much progress the entire medical community has made over the last 40 years.


Critical Role of Animals in Medical Therapeutics

A joint project of the Institutional Officials Consortium (IOC) and Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR)


What is Animal Research? (Hint: It’s Not Testing)

Animal research is the study of animals for scientific and medical discovery. These animals are bred specifically to give us insight into how animals (like humans) work. This study gives us insights into how diseases work. Once scientists understand how a disease works, they can begin to develop and test treatments with the help of animals.

Learn more about animal research.


Rats, mice and other rodents


Fruit flies, zebrafish and others


Monkeys, dogs, cats


Humans Fighting Disease

What is Animal Research?

Answer: Animal research is the study of animals for scientific and medical discovery. Research animals, also called lab animals, are bred specifically for research. Studying lab animals gives researchers important insights into how a disease works in the body. Once they understand how a disease works, they can begin to develop and test treatments with the help of animals.  

What is Animal Testing?
Animal testing is essential to understand the safety and proper dosage of new medicines and treatments. Animal testing shows researchers whether or not a drug is safe in animals. If researchers find that it is safe through animal testing, they can begin testing the drug in small groups of people and then larger groups of people. Both extensive human and animal testing is required by law before a drug can be approved to treat illnesses. It is not ethical to give children or adults a medicine without first testing it for safety and side effects in both animals and people.
Why is Animal Research Necessary?
Nearly every medicine, medical device, surgical procedure or therapy we have today has depended on animal testing and research. Animal research is one of the first steps in medical discovery. In order to understand how a disease works in the body, scientists study the disease in animals. Animal research gives them the knowledge they need to discover and create treatments to help both people and animals living with illnesses.
Is Animal Testing Ethical?
It is not ethical for researchers to test new treatments on people before they have been tested and researched with lab animals. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outlaws clinical drug trials in people that have not first been tested in animals. To test new treatments in people before researching and testing their safety in lab animals would fly in the face of the Nuremberg Code, a set of ten ethical research practices adopted by the scientific community at the end of World War II to prevent barbaric experiments of the sort conducted on concentration-camp prisoners from ever happening again.

Many first-time pet owners quickly learn how many diseases and conditions — surprise! — affect our four legged friends just as they do people. But researchers have developed ways to help pets — often using the same treatments originally designed for their human counterparts. Learn more about our Love Animals? Support Animal Research campaign. 

Smart Research For Smarter Science

Approximately 95% of laboratory animals are rats and mice. Less than 1% are nonhuman primates. But that tiny number and its impact on our health is immense. Learn more by reading our Lifesaving Benefits of Primate Research flipbook.

Photo Credit: Kathy West

Better Regulations Equal Better Health and Better Lives

Every animal is important.

At the Foundation for Biomedical Research, we believe that strict regulations make for better science. We believe that protecting the welfare of every animal makes for better research. We believe that doing things the right way makes better lives for everyone.

We’re fighting every day to ensure that the highest standards of ethics are met in every lab across the country. We know that doing so means getting closer to finding the cures, treatments, and therapies that make for better lives for everyone- two legs, four legs, fins, or wings.

Join the ethical animal research movement

Animal Research: Perceptions vs. Reality

FBR debunks 3 common misconceptions about animal testing and research. Now more than ever before, research with animals is vitally important to find treatments and cures for diseases.

The Role of Animals in Biomedical Research

Learn about a small but vital partner in biomedical research — the naked mole rat! From cancer research to tooth sensitivity, the naked mole rat is a valuable partner in biomedical and animal research.

FBR Real Pet Stories™

Real Pets. Real People.

Animal research saves animals too

FBR launched this blog series to share powerful stories about pet health journeys. From cancer to feline immunodeficiency virus and canine epilepsy and numerous diseases that affect pets and people, medical advancements have helped improve treatments and outcomes for all members of the family. Big Jack had kidney disease. Maggie May was a laboratory cat who helped save elephants. Elmer had nasal cancer. Kaylee Bear battled lupus. Bones beat Addison’s disease. Cleo made a remarkable recovery after a brain tumor diagnosis. Izzy takes immunotherapy injections for allergies. Read these stories and more on our blog. These stories are too good not to share.

Animal Research Pet Stories

Meet Our LASAR Photo Contest Winners!

10 lucky LASAR fans received a cash prize. Click here to see the winning photos. Thank you to all the contestants and to supporters who voted.

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Work With Us for a Better Shared Future

No one should be without the treatment they need to live a happy, healthy life. Let’s work together to stop diseases and injuries.