Statistics, reports and discussions on animal research at UBC.Read More
A UBC researcher finds that calves experience emotions like depression and anxiety.Read More
Animals and basic science research.Read More
Lived experience reaffirms the role of animals in life-saving science.Read More
Lab animals present a new field for animal welfare studies.Read More
UBC academics plan an international forum to explore new models of governing animal research that enhance public involvement.Read More
Around the world, research using animals has played an essential role in almost every major health advance for both humans and animals.
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.
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.
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.
UBC supports neuroscientist Doris Doudet’s research
Animal rights activists occasionally use posters and leaflets to target leading UBC neuroscientist Doris Doudet, a professor of Neurology and a member of the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre and Brain Research Centre, who uses advanced imaging techniques in non-human primates to better understand the disease processes involved in Parkinson’s Disease (PD). This work has the potential to become a valuable approach to evaluating new therapies for PD, a disease that has devastating impacts on the lives of millions of patients and their families.
Neuroscience research kicks of World Cup
More than a billion people all around the globe got their first look at cutting edge neuroscience research in action today when a paraplegic youth wearing a thought-controlled, robotic exoskeleton kicked a ball to launch the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in São Paulo, Brazil.
The Canadian Council on Animal Care animal use data report for 2011 is now available online. Details of the types of animals used, categories of invasiveness and purpose of animal use are available in the summary report.News
Yeast, cows and GM mice – 2013 Nobel Prize highlights contribution of model organisms in biomedical science
This morning the The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof “for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells”.
“Why I am a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian”
Kelly Walton DVM, a third year student of comparative medicine at Colorado State University, explains why her love of animals led her to a career in laboratory animal welfare.