Do your researchers look at alternatives to using live animals?

Yes. Following the federal Animal Welfare Act, the UW–Madison Researcher’s Guide to Animal Care and Use specifies that investigators consider alternatives to animal use, as part of its commitment to humane research:

  • Replacement; using non-animal alternatives, such as cell culture, or choosing a species lower on the phylogenetic tree (mice instead of monkeys)
  • Reduction; using the smallest number of animals necessary for valid scientific results
  • Refinement; choosing procedures that minimize pain and distress.