Animal Use and Alternative in Education

Jan van der Valk

Netherlands Centre Alternatives to animal use, Dept. Animals, Science and Society, Fac. Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Yalelaan 2, Utrecht, The Netherlands

AATEX 12(1):1-6, 2006

Animals are still being used to teach, among other things, factual knowledge, skills and data handling in biomedical sciences. The learning goals of these laboratory classes need careful consideration, and may lead to the conclusion that alternative methods, not involving the use of animals, may be more appropriate to reach the learning goals. An overview is given of the different types of alternatives and sources where information on alternatives can be found.

Key words: Education, Alternatives, 3Rs, Learning objectives, Animals, Review


(AATEX: Altern. Animal Test. EXperiment.: Alternatives to Animal Testing and EXperimentation)