Animal testing annual report 2019

Various research methods are used in biology, animal production and life sciences research (the focus areas at WUR). 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.

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WUR recognises that animal experiments are scientifically and societally relevant in specific cases. We are signatories to the Code for Transparency in Animal Testing of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). The WUR is therefore committed to transparency regarding its animal experiments

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