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


VA Research Currents and VA news releases

VA researchers named to TIME Magazine's list of 50 most influential people in health care (Nov. 26, 2018)

Study shows how binge drinking and stress affects male, female mice differently (Oct. 4, 2018)

Breathing easier (Aug. 1, 2018)

Lab tests show protein reverses memory loss in HIV-infected mice  (July 24, 2018)

Some returning Vets are not breathing easy: Could war-zone dust mites be part of the problem? (May 31, 2018)

Iowa study aims to help Vets with TBI struggling with migraines, light sensitivity (May 31, 2018)

Diabetes detective (April 4, 2018)

VA Research news briefs

Development of a new non-addictive pain drug (Sept. 14, 2018)

New approach to target drug treatment to painful joints (Aug. 15, 2018)

Lab study suggests novel RNA treatment could improve brain function after TBI (Aug. 1, 2018)

Mouse study questions whether tau protein leads to brain degeneration after TBI (July 27, 2018)

Possible mechanism behind TBI-related sleep-wake disturbances (July 19, 2018)

Photodynamic therapy may effectively treat bladder cancer (June 14, 2018)

Caloric restriction changes liver metabolism, shows primate study (May 3, 2018)

Possible explanation for how melatonin promotes sleep (April 25, 2018)

Lab study suggests curcumin could improve memory, mood in Gulf War illness (Feb. 27, 2018)

Protein related to migraine may not be as important to blood pressure regulation as previously thought (Feb. 15, 2018)

Mouse model of PTSD sleep disturbances (Feb. 2, 2018)

News from our research partners

Researchers Use Human Neural Stem Cell Grafts to Repair Spinal Cord Injuries in Monkeys (Feb. 26, 2018 - UC San Diego)

Texas A&M-led collaborative study takes aim at non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (Feb. 21, 2018 - Texas A&M University)

Peptide Improves Glucose and Insulin Sensitivity, Lowers Weight in Mice (Feb. 7, 2018 - UC San Diego Health)

Antioxidant therapy prevents vision loss in rare birth defect (Feb. 07, 2018 - University of Buffalo)

Chronic use of E-cigarettes may cause organ damage (Feb. 7, 2018 - VA San Diego Healthcare System)

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