Development of new diagnostic methods
Diseases must be diagnosed as accurately and quickly as possible so that the most effective treatment can be given. Animal experiments have been vital in developing techniques such as scanning to check on the health of unborn babies, to identify some cancers, to diagnose heart disease and in research leading to many important blood tests.
In 2018 the majority (91%) of procedures using horses (10,424) carried out for the routine production of blood-based products. Blood-based products are used for a variety of diagnostic purposes.