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  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)
    AALAS is the premier forum for the exchange of information and expertise in the care and use of laboratory animals. Since 1950, we've been dedicated to the humane care and treatment of laboratory animals and the quality research that leads to scientific gains that benefit people and animals.
  • American Committee on Laboratory Animal Diseases (ACLAD)
    The mission of the American Committee on Laboratory Animal Diseases is to advance and communicate knowledge about diseases of laboratory animals for the benefit of laboratory animal science and comparative medicine.
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
    AVMA advances the science and art of veterinary medicine, including its relationship to public health, biological science, and agriculture. The association provides a forum for the discussion of issues of importance to the veterinary profession, and for the development of official positions. AVMA is the authorized voice for the profession in presenting its views to government, academia, agriculture, pet owners, the media, and other concerned publics.
  • Americans for Medical Progress (AMP)
    AMP aims to protect society's investment in research. To that end, it promotes public understanding of and support for the appropriate role of animals in biomedical research so that scientists are able to continue their quest for cures and improved methods of treatment for illness, injury, and disease.
  • Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International
    AAALAC International is a voluntary accrediting organization that enhances the quality of research, teaching, and testing by promoting humane, responsible animal care and use. It provides advice and independent assessments to participating institutions and accredits those that meet or exceed applicable standards.
  • Association for Gnotobiotics (AG)
  • California Society for Biomedical Research (CSBR)
    CSBR's mission is to improve human and animal health by promoting public education and understanding in support of biomedical research.
  • Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS/ACSAL)
    CALAS/ACSAL is composed of a multidisciplinary group of people and institutions concerned with the care and use of laboratory animals in research, teaching and testing. Membership includes veterinarians, physicians, researchers, administrators, technicians and many others.
  • Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR)
    Established in 1981, the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) is the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving human and animal health by promoting public understanding and support for the humane and responsible use of animals in medical and scientific research.
  • Massachusetts Society for Medical Research (MSMR)
    MSMR promotes and enhances biomedical and biological research, including the humane care and use of animals, for the improved health and well-being of people, animals, and the environment.
  • National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR)
    NABR is the only national, nonprofit organization dedicated solely to advocating sound public policy that recognizes the vital role of humane animal use in biomedical research, higher education and product safety testing.
  • Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW)
    SCAW’s mission is to promote the best practices of humane care, use, and management of animals involved in research, testing or education in laboratory, agricultural, wildlife, or other settings.
  • States United for Biomedical Research (SUBR)
    SUBR is a network of state-based associations whose joint purpose is to increase public value and support of biomedical research, particularly as it relates to the care and use of research animals.

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Are researchers using more and more animals every year?
The number of animals used in research has actually declined in the past 20 years. As technology advances, researchers are able to rely on computer models and other methods instead of animal testing. Some estimates show a reduction in animal use as high as 50 percent. Since 1967, the number of cats used in research has dropped 66 percent.