The University of Ottawa uses animals (mainly laboratory mice and rats, and fish) in research to:
- understand and work towards treatments for human and animal diseases and other conditions, including those that affect children, for example cancer, heart disease, brain, sensory and nervous system disorders and other human and animal conditions; and
- understand and protect the environment and those who live in it.
Scientists use a variety of methods that do not involve animals to carry out their work, but animals must be used in some cases in order to understand:
- how fundamental systems work in living creatures;
- what treatments might work for a given condition; and
- whether a given treatment is promising enough to be tried in humans - government regulatory authorities require animal-based work before clinical trials of a new treatment go forward.