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Back to the future: discovering the 3Rs of animal research

Saturday 16 March: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 17 March: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

The Guildhall, Market Square, CB2 3QJ

Animal models help researchers make sense of human biology and behaviour. Research involving animals has advanced our knowledge of health and disease and is instrumental in the development of new medicines, antibiotics, vaccines and surgical techniques in human and veterinary medicine. Meet researchers and animal care staff who work with research animals and discover how studies are designed to not only answer important scientific questions, but to maximise the well-being of the animals involved. Learn why research animals in the United Kingdom are some of the best cared-for animals in the world and find out about the 3Rs – Reduction in the number of research animals used in studies, Refinement of methods to improve welfare, and ultimately Replacement with non-animal alternatives. Explore the ways that individuals involved in animal research enrich the lives of research animals and ensure that their animals are as healthy and well-cared for as possible. Learn about careers in the area of animal research and how good animal welfare practices enhance the quality of the science. This display will showcase major achievements in laboratory animal welfare over the past 25 years and give you a glimpse of the future of 3Rs innovations.

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Age: All ages, Exhibition, Hands-on, Drop in, Free