Without animal research, most of the nationís one million insulin-dependent diabetics would be dead.
From mice to dogs, pigs to electric eels, a variety of animal species contribute each year to medical breakthroughs that save millions of human lives each year. Through research on these animals, scientists have discovered cures and preventions for a number of human and animal ailments.
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Why do veterinarians, who are supposed to take care of sick animals, work with researchers who do experiments on them?
Veterinarians realize that the results of animal research improve the health of animals as well as humans. Many advances in veterinary medicine are the direct result of animal research; some research has even helped save certain species from extinction. Veterinarians also act as advocates for research animals, making sure they are healthy and comfortable.