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Animals in Research
Even the most sophisticated technology cannot mimic the complicated interactions occurring among cells, tissues, and organs in a living body. Laboratory animals are essential in many areas of biomedical research because they have organs and body systems similar to humans and other animals and thus are often susceptible to the same diseases we are. The data derived from research on these animals can thus be applied to humans and other animals.
Quality research would be impossible if the animals involved in the study were not well cared for. In order to ensure the welfare of animals used in research, there are strict rules and guidelines for the care of each species of laboratory animal. Researchers are only allowed to conduct studies involving animals if they can prove that no alternative would produce accurate results, and must follow established guidelines for the care, housing, and enrichment of the animals in their care.

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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.