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Medical Research Involving Animals
Making Healthier Lives Possible

Columbia University has a long history of contributing to important breakthroughs in health care. We are dedicated to continuing the valuable research that leads to improved quality of life for people afflicted with disease.

Animal-based medical research has been the foundation of countless critical health-related advances—saving millions of lives, both human and animal. Animals have played an essential role in the development of treatments that provide hope to patients with serious diseases such as Alzheimer's, diabetes, cancer, AIDS and heart disease.

Columbia University is committed to the use of animals in biomedical research only when all other options have been determined to be inadequate or inappropriate. We understand the responsibility associated with animal-based research and aim to provide the highest level of ethical and humane care. As our biological, medical and technological knowledge grows, we look forward to a time when animal research may not be necessary.

Columbia University's dedication to research remains focused on the possibility that the next medical discoveries are just around the corner. Medical research involving animals is not an option we have chosen, but a necessity that will produce tomorrow's cures.
Columbia University reviews each proposal for animal research against the basic principles of the 3Rs, which guide the medical community at large:

Replace
The use of animals whenever possible.
Reduce
The number of animals needed to a minimum.
Refine
Tests to cause animals the least possible distress.
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