Animal Use in Science: Exploring the 3Rs

Module 1

Introduction to Animal Science and the 3Rs

Competency: Examine the use of animals in scientific research in the United States.

Learning Objectives: List animals commonly chosen for use in scientific research

  • Identify animals used in scientific research
  • Identify how many animals are used in scientific research in the U.S.
  • Relate regulatory requirements to animal testing
  • Define the 3 Rs of animal research

Assessment: Animal Use in Scientific Research

  • Product: infographic, poster, or presentation
  • Product identifies one key animal commonly used in scientific research
  • Product identifies at least three different types of research that use this animal
  • Product identifies how many animals are used in research in a year
  • Product describes how each of the 3Rs could be applied to research studies using that animal
Download Materials

Lesson plan, worksheets, and activities (PDF, 1.1 MB)


Introduction to the 3Rs
(PowerPoint, 16.7 MB)

Animal Testing Regulations
(PowerPoint, 16.2 MB)

Linked External Standards:


HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems

CCSS- Math

HSN-Q.A.1 Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multi-step problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays


RST.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

RST.11-12.9 Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.

W.9-10.2.A Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

W.9-10.2.B Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience's knowledge of the topic.

W.9-10.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.