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Animal Welfare & Testing


A bibliography to assist researchers identifying methods and procedures helpful for supporting the development, testing, application and validation of alternatives to the use of vertebrates in biomedical research and toxicology testing.


Alternatives Database 

Compilation of databases addressing laboratory animal science and alternative testing


Alternatives to Animal Testing (Altweb) 

Cosponsored by NIH, Altweb fosters the development of scientifically acceptable in vitro and other alternatives to animal testing. Includes links to information on best practices, education resources, pain and distress, transgenics and more.


Animal Welfare Information Center (National Agriculture Library) 

Established to help researchers meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act, site provides links to information, publications, training materials and legislation pertaining to the health and welfare of laboratory, companion and farm animals.

Animals in Laboratories (Animal Welfare Institute) 

Databases of reference material on refinement of housing and handling conditions and environmental enrichment for all animals kept in research, testing and teaching institutions.

Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association 

AVAR's Alternatives in Education Database contains alternatives to the harming or killing of animals. Users may search for an alternative by species, medium, discipline, educational level or any combination of these categories.


Institute for Laboratory Animal Research 

Authoritative reports on animal care and use. Serves as clearinghouse for information about animal resources, especially animal strain databases and suppliers. You can also search the “Lab Code Registry” to identify the laboratory or institution where a strain of animals was bred and maintained. Free access to their Guide to the Care for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals  .  Also includes a comprehensive list of Web-based resources on animal models, commercial breeders, guidelines, facility construction, listservs, alternative research, etc.


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee 

Information resource for institutional animal care and use committees. Extensive links to Web sites focusing on alternative testing, regulatory watch, training in animal care, guidelines and polices. The site also offers access to bibliographies, databases and publications.


John Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing 

Technical reports; offers TestSmart, a new way to conduct risk assessment; and offers workshops on alternative methods.


National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods 

Created in 1998 to provide operational support for the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM). ICCVAM was developed in response to NIEHS’s need to develop and validate new test methods and to establish criteria and processes for the validation and regulatory acceptance of toxicological testing methods.


University of California Center for Animal Alternatives 

Links to animal research protocols, education and dissection, and strategies for searching databases on alternative methods.

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