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ASU's position on the importance of animal study in research

ASU supports the responsible study and humane care and treatment of laboratory animals in research for the purpose of advancing knowledge and education. This position recognizes that, at this point in time, critical advances in human health and conservation of nature depend, at least in part, on the study of whole, living organisms.

Although there currently is no complete alternative to animal research, we believe that alternatives to the study of live animals should be developed and used wherever feasible. In recent years, a number of non-animal procedures have been developed and the number of animals used has been significantly reduced. ASU is committed to making further progress of this kind, and individuals involved in scientific research are among the best prepared and most motivated members of society to discover these alternative methods. In the meantime, ASU actively supports the development of “3R” techniques that:

  • Reduce the number of animals used in studies
  • Replace animals with other models whenever possible
  • Refine procedures to ensure the most comfortable and humane conditions possible

ASU also subscribes to a fourth 'R' - responsibility. Our researchers have a responsibility for the ethical involvement of animals in research that complies with or exceeds all applicable laws and regulations, and are held accountable to the highest standards of professionalism.

All requests involving animal study at ASU go through a rigorous review overseen by ASU’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) in compliance with all government regulations including the Animal Welfare Act and the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

More about regulations governing the use of animals in research.