Office of Research & Development

VA Animal Research Program

VA Animal Research Program

The knowledge gained from appropriate animal research can protect people from harm.

Overview of Animal Research in VA

To conduct the research needed to improve medical care, we sometimes have to work with animal models. Studying animals is still the only scientifically viable way to get some of the knowledge we need to improve human health, and indeed the health of other animals that benefit from veterinary care. VA allows research with animals only if it is scientifically necessary and if animal-welfare safeguards are adhered to.

Resources for Administrators and Researchers


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