Founded in 1979, the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) provides the unified voice for the scientific community on legislative and regulatory matters affecting laboratory animal research. NABR works to safeguard the future of biomedical research on behalf of its more than 350 public and private universities, medical and veterinary schools, teaching hospitals, voluntary health agencies, professional societies, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and other animal research-related firms that are:

(1) involved directly in the use of animals in biomedical research and are

(2) committed to the responsible and humane use of these animals.

NABR is the only national, nonprofit organization dedicated solely to advocating for sound public policy that recognizes the vital role animals play in biomedical research. Behind every medical discovery lies years, and sometimes lifetimes, spent in pursuit of answers that ultimately save lives. The ability to study whole living organisms is an indispensable element in medical progress, and NABR works to protect the ability of biomedical researchers to use animals in ethical and responsible research that will one day benefit the health of people and animals. NABR's advocacy activities include:

  • Representing the views of NABR members on the essential role of animals in research to Congress by encouraging supportive legislation, providing comments on pending proposals, presenting testimony at Congressional hearings, and serving as an information source for Congressional staff and constituents.
  • Providing NABR members with information and consultation on state and local issues affecting their institutions, and facilitating dialogue between our members and their congressional delegations on animal research issues.
  • Providing a forum for the biomedical community to develop common positions on legislative and regulatory issues, and discuss subjects of common concern.

NABR supports the humane care and treatment of laboratory animals in biomedical research, training, and education, and our members undertake the application of the “Three Rs” in these endeavors:

  • That only as many animals as reasonably necessary be utilized (Reduce)
  • That any pain or distress animals experience be minimized (Refine)
  • That alternatives to the use of live animals be employed or developed wherever feasible (Replace)

NABR recognizes that now, and for the foreseeable future, it is not possible to completely replace the use of animals in biomedical research, and that the study of whole, living organisms is an indispensable element of biomedicine that is beneficial to both veterinary and human health. To learn more about this issue, please visit the Foundation for Biomedical Research.