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University Biomedical Services (UBS)


Organisations in the field of Three Rs

Laboratory Animal Veterinary Association (LAVA)

Laboratory Animal Veterinary Association (LAVA)- The Laboratory Animals Veterinary Association (LAVA) is a non-territorial specialist division of the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

LAVA's members are veterinary surgeons and students from the UK and elsewhere who are interested in laboratory animal medicine and science. Many members act as Named Veterinary Surgeons under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in a full or part time capacity. Vets working in academic, drug discovery, commercial and contract research environments are represented as clinicians or in other aspects of the care and use of animals in biomedical research. LAVA promotes best practice and the dissemination of new technologies through its biannual meetings and other avenues. It represents laboratory animal vets at national and international level when needed for discussions and decision making on laboratory animal law, welfare, ethics, transport, techniques and disease.


National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

Universities Federation for Animals Welfare (UFAW)

 The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) is an independent registered charity that works with the animal welfare science community worldwide to develop and promote improvements in the welfare of animals through scientific and educational activity.


SABRE Research UK

SABRE Research UK are a charity working to improve human healthcare by promoting systematic reviews of animal studies to reduce bias and waste in medical research.



CAMARADES (Collaborative Approach to Meta-Analysis and Review of Animal Data from Experimental Studies) provides a supporting framework for groups involved in the systematic review and meta-analysis of data from experimental animal studies.


Searching for 3Rs Information -Published Literature Sources

The UK Pharmaceutical Industry document assists researchers and information professionals in the pharmaceutical industry to retrieve relevant information on animal alternatives and the 3Rs. It covers core 3Rs journals across 12 key bibliographic databases, details of scope, strengths & weaknesses, and useful search terms for each database, a list of keywords useful for 3Rs and animal alternatives searching, an example generic search strategy and selected other information resources.  


Swiss 3Rs Foundation

According to the network's website, their goal is to promote the exchange and compilation of 3R-relevant unique expertise (which is widely scattered in various teams and labs) and to disseminate the accumulated knowledge, know-how and expertise, in particular to newcomers in the field.


Centro 3R Responsible animal testing

Centro 3R Responsible animal testing: Centro 3R set up in Italy. The Universities of Genoa and Pisa have recently set up in Italy Centro 3R-Interuniversitary Center for the Promotion of the Principles of the 3Rs in Teaching and Research, a new initiative on the Italian academic scenario which aims at starting a process for raising awareness of students, researchers and teachers of responsible experimentation and alternative methods to animal testing.


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