Without the use of animals in research, the majority of medical advances would not have occurred, including vaccines for polio, rabies, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and epilepsy. Advances also have been made in surgical therapies and in the development of therapeutic drugs. Research leading to almost every Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded since 1901 has been dependent on data from animal models. Learn more >>
Results obtained from experiments using animals provide information critical to designing human trials that must be conducted before legal approval can be granted for new devices, drugs or procedures. Even the most sophisticated technology cannot mimic the complicated interactions among cells, tissues and organs in humans and animals.
The University of Kansas Medical Center follows the highest standards of care and treatment for research animals. These animals help us unlock the mysteries of disease deserve respect and the best possible care.
KUMC is fully accredited by the Association for the Assessment of Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC), which requires the adherence to the highest standards of animal care and use by accredited institutions.