Animals Research at UBC

  • New: UBC releases 2017 statistics of animals involved in research

    Statistics, reports and discussions on animal research at UBC.

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  • A study conducted at UBC’s Dairy Research Centre found that calves showed signs of pessimism after having their horns removed. Photo: Leandro Hernandez, iStock

    Dehorning Daisy? Better make it painless

    A UBC researcher finds that calves experience emotions like depression and anxiety.

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    Animal Research Series: Creatures great and small

    Animals and basic science research.

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  • Animal Research Series: Facing cancer

    Lived experience reaffirms the role of animals in life-saving science.

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  • UBC animal welfare researchers say there are aspects of the progression of farm animal welfare that could help enhance lab animal welfare. Martin Dee Photograph

    Animal Research Series: From farm to lab

    Lab animals present a new field for animal welfare studies.

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    Animal Research Series: Keeping watch

    UBC academics plan an international forum to explore new models of governing animal research that enhance public involvement.

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Around the world, research using animals has played an essential role in almost every major health advance for both humans and animals.

Medical advances

Medical milestones such as antibiotics, anesthetics, heart valve replacements and vaccines to prevent rabies in companion animals have all involved animal research. Since 1901, almost every Nobel Prize in Medicine has been awarded for innovations dependent on data from animal models. Also, new medicines and treatment must be evaluated in a living organism before being given to humans, according to federal government requirements.

At UBC, animal research is a privilege to be used only when no alternative is possible. It’s true that non-animal techniques, such as cell cultures and computer simulations, are important. However, these methods cannot yet mirror the complicated and sometimes unpredictable processes of a living system.

Humane care

We take animal research very seriously and respect the unique contribution animals make to improving health, preventing disease and saving lives. Our investigators, veterinarians and animal care technicians are all committed to humane animal care. UBC subscribes to the 3Rs principles of animal use: Replacement, Reduction and Refinement. Investigators carefully design research projects and continually refine procedures to reduce the number of animals used and replace them, where possible, with non-animal methods.

National regulations

Research and facilities involving animals are rigorously reviewed, inspected and regulated at federal and institutional levels.

UBC has one of the largest research communities in Canada and attracts the second-highest amount of health research funding in Canada. We stand behind the important contributions made by our dedicated investigators and encourage you to learn more about their research results and methods by accessing scientific journals where research is published. Through this website, we aim to increase public understanding of the of the process and benefits of animal research at UBC and beyond.

If you are a UBC researcher looking for information on tour animal care and use program, please visit:

Animal Care and Use Program

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Animal Research

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