Animal testing 2020

Various research methods are used in biology, animal production and life sciences research (the focus areas at Wageningen University & Research). For example, computer models can be used to make calculations and forecasts. Laboratory experiments are suitable for modelling processes or investigating sub-processes in the human or animal body.

These methods are undergoing rapid developments and are leading to increasingly better results, but there are occasions when animal experiments are still needed. In some cases, an animal experiment may even be a legal requirement. Animal experiments are also used for educational purposes.

Animal testing is still necessary or even mandatory in specific areas (for example vaccine development and monitoring) for scientific and/or social reasons. WUR invests continuously in the replacement, reduction and refining of animal experiments (the 3 Rs) and works towards acceptance of alternative testing in the European context. We are signatories to the Code for Transparency in Animal Testing of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). WUR is therefore committed to transparency regarding its animal experiments and an obligatory social dialogue on animal testing.

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