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Animal Research at the University of Iowa

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The University of Iowa has an unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of research animals, which are valuable resources in the effort to better understand the underlying biological mechanisms that make our bodies work. This research is important for developing new treatments for a range of health conditions and diseases, including cancer, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, childhood blindness, macular degeneration, and many others.

From developing over-the-counter medications to advancing life-saving treatments, this high-impact research helps people and animals live longer, healthier lives.

The Four R’s

At the University of Iowa, we provide the highest level of care, which is grounded in respect and the four R’s governing the ethical use of animals in research: 

  1. Replacement of animals with other models when scientifically possible,
  2. Reduction of the number of animals used,
  3. Refinement of procedures to ensure the best care and comfort, and
  4. Responsibility for the humane use of animals.