1) using the name of a specific alternative method, in order to acquire more information about it, such as the way it works or the contact information of the manufacturer for further enquiries or purcheses. For this kind of search the database search engine can be started by clicking on “Search a specific methods”
2) For searches aiming to unearth possible alternatives to a particular experiment, a form with personal data and data about the experiment (field, kind of alternative sought, animal species) must be filled in. The database will then select all alternatives which comply with the search criteria, and provide technical specifications and the manufacturer's website and/or contact information for further enquiries or purchases.
This database contains about 900 alternatives for over 200 animal species and is continuously updated. We ask users and manufacturers to alert us to any alternatives not yet included, as well as any changes in existing ones. We apologize for any mistakes or gaps in our knowledge and thank everybody in advance.
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Several items can be selected at once: for examples, when searching for alternatives to an experiment on cats, methods specific to this species can be selected at the same time as nonspefic ones, for example alternatives to the use of "domestic animals". (For ease of use the most widespread non-specific alternatives are listed right at the beginning of the species list, which then goes on in alphabetical order)
Especially for human medicine and surgery, in any field where animals are used as substitutes for humans we recommend selecting "Human" as well as the target animal species. For instance, in surgical training, in order to find out about alternatives to a test involving pigs we recommend selecting both "Pig" and "Human".
The I-CARE specialist team have already organized several seminars for university teachers and students, arranged several Alternative Loan Systems and contributed in various ways to the replacement of animal use in teaching with alternative methods.
I-CARE offers advice, funding and logistic support to specific projects; for information please write to
We hope this database can be of interest for teachers and students, and can serve to support individuals and institutions (such as local IACUC or national committees) who are responsible for authorizing and supervising animal experiments.