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Animal research

Animal Research
Michigan State University views the use of animals in research, teaching, education, testing and production as a privilege that requires exceptional ethical responsibility for humane treatment and veterinary care. MSU believes animals should be used only when necessary and when no appropriate alternatives exist. Further, the university believes animals should always receive humane handling and treatments, the best possible care and thorough oversight.

Animal research is heavily regulated, with stringent federal and local standards.

MSU animals included in research, teaching, education, testing and production are overseen by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. All animal projects and courses must undergo review and approval by this committee. Anyone involved in animal-related endeavors is required to participate in a training process and must be approved to work with animals as outlined in pertinent guidelines, regulations and laws. 

In addition, MSU is fully accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care for our achievement and maintenance of a superior animal care program.

Training the next generation of scientists, animal production and husbandry specialists, veterinarians and medical professionals, while ensuring their respect and understanding of animal health, remains a fundamental mission of multiple MSU colleges.

Animal research plays a unique role in generating new knowledge about the biology and behavior of living things. It also ensures the safety and efficacy of drugs, food sources and procedures to benefit both humans and animals.

Examples of discoveries in biology, disease and the development of life-saving treatments from animal studies at MSU include the areas of:

  • Arthritis
  • Blindness
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Congenital disease and birth defects
  • Infection and inflammation
  • Liver and kidney conditions
  • Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Precision medicine
  • Women’s health
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