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Institute of Animal Experimentation

The Institute of Animal Experimentation, the first such facility constructed in western Japan, was established in January 1970. The Institute has two major aims:
 (1) To propagate and selectively breed various species of animals for medical experiments. To carry out animal experiments properly, rearing rooms which are microbiologically and environmentally controlled, have been constructed. The maintenance and the management of the rearing rooms are properly controlled throughout the period of experimentation depending on the animals, which contributes to the accuracy of the experiment as well as promoting the welfare of animals from ethical viewpoints.

 (2) To research laboratory animal science by instructors and technical experts of the institute and to educate and acquire knowledge and techniques necessary for animal experiments. Activities include the development of new species of laboratory animals and of animal models for diseases, and genetic and microbiological control for animals. The search for alternative methods to animal experiments is also carried out. It also provides researchers and doctors with the opportunity, in the course of training, to learn the significance of the use of living animals in experiments and the ethics they should observe.