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"PAWS" is a videotape to help youngsters understand responsible animal research. It is intended to be shown at the beginning of a science project unit to explain the excitement of discovery resulting from good research projects, and to illustrate steps responsible scientists (including middle school students) take when they conduct research. Perhaps most important of all, it provides an ethical context for discussing an extremely volatile issue: animal research and animal rights.  (14 minutes)  See Curriculum Guide for "Paws" Video

Humans and animals are "PARTNERS IN RESEARCH" in this videotape which has interviews with medical researchers, physicians and patients who reveal their thoughts about medical research and the role played by animals. Topics included are medical advances in cystic fibrosis, arthritis and pediatric diseases.  (13 minutes)



"Why Should I Stay Awake in Science Class" - Produced by the Foundation for Biomedical Research, this DVD is an adjunct learning tool designed by educators and leading scientists to help students better understand the opportunities available in the sciences. It encourages students to consider a career in science by showing them exciting work done in the field. (10 minutes)  Comes with an activity booklet and wall poster.


"Symbiosis:  People and Animals Helping Each Other" this video shows the beneficial relationship between man and animals.  Included are personal stories from the perspective of 4H students, guide dog handlers, veterinarians and pet owners. (11 minutes)


Science in Action: A K-4 Classroom Adventure - Produced by the Foundation for Biomedical Research, this K-4 animated video is an action adventure designed to excite children about the many wonders of science. It is the story of a scientist who takes a young boy and his sister on an adventure through time and space, where they encounter everything from meteors to dinosaurs and realize that science is part of practically everything around them. (8 minutes)

Below are 2 free educational DVDs from Americans for Medical Progress (AMP).  To order any of their materials, please see their website

Physicians Speaking for Research

Physicians Speaking for Research

Hear from a leading transplant surgeon and a research veterinarian as they discuss the fundamentals of animal research, its benefits to our health, and the growing opposition to this important work.


Veterinarians - Speaking for Research - Veterinarians Speaking for Research

Hear from veterinarians on the front lines of research, take a tour through an animal research facility, and learn how current research is improving medical care for humans and animals.

You can view this video in its entirety on the AALAS Foundation website




Poster: Best Supporting Role in a Medical Drama

Produced by the Foundation for Biomedical Research and available through their website.  Picture of lab rats. Caption reads: "Perhaps you didn’t know that rats and mice are the foundation for all medical research and that they have played a vital role in virtually every major medical discovery in history. Learn more about the essential need for animal research."

Download a free PDF version (pdf)
Little girl
Produced by the Foundation for Biomedical Research and available through their website.  Picture of a little girl lying in a hospital bed with stuffed animals. Caption reads: "It's the animals you don't see that really helped her recover." Sentimental Favorite!
Milestones in Medicine  - a timeline that highlights medical advances occurring from  the year 1600 - 2000.  Produced by Texas Society for Biomedical Research. Single copies are free of charge - multiple copies are subject to a nominal fee, shipping and handling charges, and availability.


Who'll Stop the Real Killers?
Produced by the Foundation for Biomedical Research and available through their website.  Picture of three cells: cancer, heart disease and AIDS. Caption reads: "If we stop animal research, who'll stop the real killers?"
Produced by the Foundation for Biomedical Research and available through their website.  Picture of protesters. Caption reads: "Thanks to animal research, they'll be able to protest 23.5 years longer"
Thank Research If - a tale of advances in medical research told in pictures and words - a fun read.
Traveling Through Biotechnology - a road map of biotechnological history starting with
fermentation and ending with cloning.
Produced by Texas Society for Biomedical Research. Single copies are free of charge - multiple copies are subject to a nominal fee, shipping and handling charges, and availability.
Under the Sink
Produced by the Foundation for Biomedical Research and available through their website.  Picture of small child looking into cabinet under kitchen sink. Caption reads: "Why are household products tested on laboratory animals? Ask someone with kids."

Women's Health - understanding women's health issues through basic research.  Produced by Texas Society for Biomedical Research. Single copies are free of charge - multiple copies are subject to a nominal fee, shipping and handling charges, and availability.

Below are 3 posters from Americans for Medical Progress (AMP).  To order any of their materials, please see their website

Fat Rat (11x 17) - Click here to download printable PDF.

Nude Mouse Poster
Nude Mouse (11x17) - Click here to download printable PDF.

 White Rat (11 x17) - Click here to download printable PDF.


The Importance of Being a Mouse

An illustrated, educational story book for children ages 8-12 explains the important role of lab animals in medical research and discovery. Click  to download a copy


A booklet written especially for children. Included are 10 illustrations of animals, as well as photographs of some children who have been helped by animal research.


CSI: Community Sickness Investigation - Interactive Game CD

Scenario: The FDA has discovered that a local merchant has been adding an unknown, potentially-toxic chemical to water and calling it an “energy drink.” People of all ages, weights and sizes are flocking to the store and purchasing large quantities of this drink. The problem is people are getting sick. The task is for you, the CSI detective, to figure out what the toxicity level of this chemical is and if it’s an illegal substance before everyone in your town is incapacitated.
(HINT: the substance is caffeine!)


Goal of game: The educational objective of this game is to provide students, middle and high school level, with a fun, interactive investigational tool to enhance learning skills related to the research process. Playing this computer game will demonstrate the role of animals in research, safeguards involved in lab animal research, obstacles and challenges in lab animal research.

Successful completion of this game will also demonstrate a link between lab animal research and the health of a community. The game can be used as a stand-alone tool or in conjunction with the more detailed “Rat Study” teaching guide developed by Michigan teacher Amy Zitzelberger of Hazel Park High School.

See OSERA for purchase information

Infection is a board game in which, Players race around the board catching diseases and trying to be cured.
Multiple medical libraries and medical professionals have been consulted to insure the accuracy of the information." (from www.earwig.net). The game is intended for kids from 9 to 90 (4th grade and older).

Catch diseases left in public places, pass diseases to other players, get cured in the medical stations. Medicaid, Christmas bonuses, and the lottery help pay the bills. Diagnose your disease in the Info center, get it wrong and you catch the disease! Infection's disease cards provide a wealth of information; they are color coded to indicate the degree of seriousness, from basic diseases to major communicable diseases. Each card includes the common and Latin name, causes, symptoms, and treatments.

 Click here for more detailed information about the basic game and how to order.


Communicating Science & Medicine to Children

A curriculum resource binder containing background information on biomedical science for teachers of young people; a compendium of activities geared toward stimulating thinking about biomedical science and advance language and interpersonal skills; and a set of cartoon slides with talking/
discussion points. Grades 2-6.

 Produced by the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research, Inc. (MSMR), in collaboration with the American Medical Association.


Casey's Awakening - Ideal for Middle School Students

This illustrated storybook takes its characters – a classroom of elementary school students – on a tour of a laboratory animal research facility.  This is one of MSMR’s most popular educational tools, and it’s free to Massachusetts teachers participating in MSMR-sponsored programs.

Produced by: Massachusetts Society for Medical Research, Inc.  Order copies directly from MSMR

The Lucky Puppy Coloring Book

The Lucky Puppy, is the first coloring workbook in the nation that describes the process and excitement of scientific research, careers and the role of animals.

This 20-paged booklet tells the story of a brother and sister who take their sick puppy to the veterinarian. The veterinarian explains to the children how research enables him to choose the correct medicine to make the puppy well. Included in the booklet are activities and puzzles related to the storyline. It is designed specifically for young children (6-9), suitable for classroom, home or other setting.

Created by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR) with special assistance from the Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research (PSBR)


Research Helping Animals
Produced by the Foundation for Biomedical Research, with support from CIBA Pharmaceuticals

This colorful and attractive publication describes the benefits of animal research for animals, ranging from marine mammals to circus, farm and show animals. High quality photography and the focus on animals that attract children's interest make this booklet especially valuable to teachers of lower elementary grade students.

The California Veterinary Medical Association has also recommended this booklet to veterinarians to enhance their communication with clients about the essential relationship between animal research and animal health. CBRA distributes many copies each year to elementary grade school teachers.

Personal Ensign Undefeated Champion Card

Read the extraordinary story of the unbeaten champion Personal Ensign who won the 1988 Breeders Cup with five surgical screws in her left rear pastern.

Posters and bookmarks can also be found on the Foundation for Biomedical Research website.

What's the Point of Animal Research booklet

Colorful, 20-page booklet that speaks directly to adolescents about the relevance and importance of bioscience research and product testing to their lives. Woven throughout the main text is a story, told in comic-strip style, about teens that come to understand the significance of scientific research through injury or illness.

Animal Research: Fact vs. Myth

An updated brochure developed by the Foundation for Biomedical Research. Provides up-to-date answers to common misconceptions about animal research. Refutes the major claims of the anti-research element of the animal rights movement.

Download Facts vs Myths (PDF)

Proud Achievements of Animal Research

An updated brochure developed by the Foundation for Biomedical ResearchFocuses on all the wonderful things that animal research has contributed to society today, and warns of the problems that would be created if animal research were stopped. Also gives a short chronological list of major medical breakthroughs utilizing animal research.

Download Proud Achievements (PDF)

Species Sheets

Set of four reference sheets detailing the contributions of different species to specific research advances. Set includes sheets on rats and mice, cats and dogs, non-human primates, and other animals.

Rats & Mice (PDF)
Non-Human Primates (PDF)
Dogs & Cats (PDF)
Other Species (PDF)

Animal Research & Human Health
Understanding the Use of Animals in Biomedical Research

Excellent primer on animal research. Major points covered include the benefits to society of animal research, the various roles animal play in research, the validity of scientific research, some basic trends about the numbers of animals used, a brief overview of their care and treatment, as well as the laws and regulations that protect them. Finally, there is a section devoted to alternatives and what that really means.

Exploring the Mysteries of Aging
Outlines the contributions of animal research to the health of our aging population

Bleeding Hearts, Broken Promises
A look at Hollywood's conflicting support for disease research and animal rights.

For the Greater Good

  • For the Greater Good Curriculum Guide

  • For the Greater Good Newspaper Article Series

  • Booklet put together by the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research


     A five-part series featured in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer highlighting the work of professionals who are involved with animals and research. Download the complete series as a pdf file or read single articles online. 

    Consumer Product Safety

    Consumer Product Safety -
    Why We Need it. How we Achieve it

    Originally published by Join Hands Educational Foundation and is now available from the AALAS Foundation. In an attractive and easily readable format, the publication covers key issues and questions about product safety testing.


    Environmental Diseases from A to Z

    The AIR, the WATER, the SUN, the DUST, PLANTS and ANIMALS, and the CHEMICALS and METALS of our WORLD...They support life. They make it beautiful and fun.

    But, as wonderful as they are...They can also make some people sick. Here are some diseases that are related to your Environmental Diseases from A to Z

    And some ideas for preventing or caring for them.

    BioSTARS: Allergies
    Biology for Students, Teachers, and Researchers
    Produced by: Join Hands


     Topical newsletter for teachers and students. Teacher's guide accompanies each issue. For middle schools.
    Cost: Single copies free.

    BioRAP® ... a series of topical newsletters for teachers and students.

    Topics include Aging; AIDS; Cancer; Feline Leukemia; Product Safety Testing; and Risk Assessment. For middle schools.

    Produced by: Connecticut United for Research Excellence, Inc.

    Cost: Single copies free


    HEADS ON! for Healthy Living

    HEADS ON! for Healthy Living© is a handbook of critical and creative thinking activities that accompanies our People & Animals: United for Health Interactive Health and Science Calendar©. Teachers will find it particularly useful for their classes.

    Teachers can also use HEADS ON! for Health Living as a stand-alone tool.  The entire handbook is available here in PDF format. You will need the Adobe Acrobat® reader to view and print it.

    Click here for HEADS ON! for Healthy Living. If you prefer to receive HEADS ON! as a black & white printout, you can order it from our ordering page, here.

    LAB Notes is a classroom newsletter on current topics in life science research.


    LAB Notes: Toxicology

    This issue covers risk assessment and the science of toxicology. There are descriptions of accompanying classroom activities. To learn more about LAB Notes, click here .


     To download a copy of Lab Notes, click here.


    Curiosity is the Key to Discovery, a booklet produced by the National Institutes of Health about Nobel winners and what led them to their discoveries.

    FASEB's Breakthroughs in Bioscience

    A series of illustrated essays that explain recent breakthroughs in biomedical research and how they are important to society.

    Cholesterol: From Biochemical Riddle to Blockbuster Drug for Heart Disease
        This article made possible through the generous support of the Endocrine Society.

    Clot Busters! Discovery of Thrombolytic Therapy for Heart Attack & Stroke

    Bubbles, Babies and Biology: The Story of Surfactant

    From Viper’s Venom to Drug Design: Treating Hypertension

    Genetic Research: Mining for Medical Treasures

    New Weapons to Combat an Ancient Disease: Treating Diabetes

    Transplantation: The Challenging Road Ahead

    Targeting Leukemia: From Bench to Bedside

    Bone Builders: The Discoveries Behind Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis

    Making Anesthesia Safer: Unraveling the Malignant Hyperthermia Puzzle

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging: From Atomic Physics to Visualization, Understanding and Treatment of Brain Disorders

    Cloning: Past, Present, and the Exciting Future

    Helicobacter pylori and Ulcers: A Paradigm Revised

    Unraveling the Mystery of Protein Folding

    Cardiovascular Disease and the Endothelium

    The Polymerase Chain Reaction

    Blood Safety in the Age of AIDS

    Serendipity, Science, and a New Hantavirus

    Controlling Hypertension: A Research Success Story

    Finding Chinks in the Viral Armor: Influenza, AIDS and Antiviral Therapies

    Biologists Discover AMAZING Things: An online poster with animals, puzzles, and scientists discussing their work.

    Breast Cancer: Tamoxifen & Beyond

    The National Institutes of Health-the nation's medical research agency-supplies FREE classroom resources to teachers.  For more information see the website at:
    . New: Supplements are now aligned to state standards. Download the alignment of a supplement to individual state standards in science, mathematics, English Language Arts, and (when available) health. More state alignments will be added as they are completed.

    Other resources:

    Alternative Research Methods - To solve scientific puzzles, researchers must search for and use a variety of the best possible methods to get accurate and objective results . Alternative methods – including those which can refine, reduce, or replace the need to test anything on live animals – are a top priority in biological and consumer product safety research.


     What is PETA teaching your child?
    "Your Mommy Kills Animals!" People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) often bypasses parents to spread destructive propaganda to kids about food and fur. PETA reaches more than two million a year at school and on the internet. (


    PETA: Anti-Cure for AIDS
    "Even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we'd be against it." — Ingrid Newkirk, President and Co-Founder of PETA

    PETA has funneled over $100,000 to criminals convicted of destroying medical research and firebombing scientific laboratories in the name of "animal liberation."(ConsumerFreedom.com)

    Rats vs. Sick Kids Rats vs. Sick Kids
    "Even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we'd be against it." -Ingrid Newkirk, President & Co-Founder of PETA

    Did you know PETA is using your contributions for a campaign to boycott the March of Dimes, the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (Race for the Cure). Why? Because these charities may use animals in their medical research. (ConsumerFreedom.com)

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