This is Science Today. The University of California
Center for Animal Alternatives is a systemwide center
dedicated to improving methods of dealing with animals
in research, education and testing. Lynette Hart,
who directs the center, says there are many ways
this can be accomplished.
Including replacement alternatives, but also just
refining the way we care for animals. Husbandry, improving
all aspects of animal care, utilizing more alternatives
for teaching so that fewer actual animals are used.
This includes state-of-the-art software programs and
other specimens, which are used by students and faculty
at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to study
Each week, they have one hundred different kinds of
specimens and microscopic slides and different things
that are actually very tactile that they can examine
during their laboratory each week. We're using these
kinds of specimens that are reusable, rather than
having to kill any animals for that purpose.
For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.