From the earliest days of the organization, AWI has worked to foster better care and handling of animals in research facilities by encouraging laboratory personnel to provide the animals with comfortable housing with conspecifics; veterinary treatment including pain relief; and the opportunity to engage in species-typical behaviors—while sparing them needless suffering.
AWI recognizes that laboratory personnel play a crucial role in the day-to-day lives of animals in laboratories. To facilitate the creation, exchange, and dissemination of ideas and information about the highest standards of care for research animals, AWI provides a number of resources for individuals working with animals in laboratories to help improve and safeguard their welfare.
AWI Refinement Funding
For individuals based in the United States or Canada, AWI offers two funding opportunities to facilitate the creation and implementation of refinements to improve the welfare of animals in research:
- The Refinement Research Award provides funds of up to US$15,000 to support the generation and testing of innovative techniques to improve the care, husbandry, and housing of animals in research to improve their welfare.
- The Implementing Refinement Grant provides funds of up to US$8,000 toward the implementation of existing refinement methods through the purchase of equipment or training of staff.
Laboratory Animal Refinement and Enrichment Forum (LAREF)
LAREF is an online discussion forum for laboratory personnel, researchers, veterinarians, and students to exchange experiences and ideas about ways to improve the welfare of animals in research.
Free Publications for Laboratories
AWI creates a number of publications that provide species-specific information on ways to improve the welfare of animals in research.
This searchable database, which is updated every three months, houses full-text and short summaries of peer-reviewed scientific articles, academic books, and other relevant publications related to improving or safeguarding the welfare of animals used in research.