About the UC Center for Animal Alternatives

The Mission

To gather and disseminate information concerning animal alternatives, not only to improve the well-being and quality of life of research animals wherever possible, but also to optimize their contribution to education and research.

The concepts of alternatives concerning animals used in education, research, and testing build on The Three Rs originated by Russell and Burch: replacement, reduction, refinement. Strategies that often develop naturally in the process of science include the replacement of animals in teaching and research for some purposes, or reduction in the numbers of animals used. The least explored of The Three Rs — refinement of animal care and use—can include new behavioral, husbandry, or veterinary procedures that improve the well-being of research animals, and may enhance the scientific results by providing more accurate data. Recently, a fourth R has been added—responsibility—referring to integration of concerns for the welfare of animals into the ethical and responsible conduct of science and teaching.

The Center places special emphasis on disseminating information concerning models, computer programs, and other animal alternatives in education through every level of public and private education. It also seeks to provide investigators who use animals with information on the most current methods for improving all aspects of animal care during their work. Teaching alternatives often can afford enhanced learning opportunities at lower cost and improved efficiency.

The Objectives

  • To act as coordinating office for the UCD campus on improved and alternative methods for the use of animals. Coordinate a program of information and dissemination regarding approaches for alternative methods and the sharing of written and electronic materials and information.
  • To create, maintain and provide access to up-to-date resources and library materials on animal alternatives that is easily accessible to UC faculty, staff and students.
  • To offer outreach and educational activities regarding new developments in animal alternatives, providing leadership to the public and other educational institutions.
  • Within the context of the responsible conduct of science, to create a forum for discussion of ethical issues and dilemmas involving animal use.
  • To encourage use of teaching methods and materials incorporating alternatives at all educational levels.

Current Programs

  • Develop resources to enable access to the literature of alternatives to animals.
  • Present at conferences and workshops on topics relevant to the Center and to alternatives.
  • Develop and maintain contacts on the University of California campuses and laboratories with the animal care community.
  • Disseminate information to UC campus and California academic libraries and offices for news, science, administration, and animal care.
  • Provide guidance in efficient use of existing information resources, in both print and electronic formats.

How to Contact Us

Mailing Address

UCD Center for Animal Alternatives Information
Carlson Health Sciences Library
University of California, Davis
Davis CA 95616

Telephone and Email Addresses

UCD Center for Animal Alternatives Information
tel: 530/754-9122
fax: 530/752-4718
Lynette A Hart, PhD, Director
tel: 530/752-2181
Mary W Wood, Librarian
tel: 530/754-9122