A to Z of animals

Here we list over 20 examples of vertebrate and invertebrate animals used in research. In each case we provide links to further information about the medical research and discovery the animal has helped with. Almost all these animals are bred specifically for research, but occasionally animals are taken from the wild. We welcome suggestions for additions to this page. Please email them to office@uar.org.uk.

Please note: this section is currently being revised and updated.

Nine-banded armadilloArmadillo - Nine-banded (Dasypus novemcinctus)


Cat (Felis catus)
See also AnimalResearch.info on cats

Chickens in research

  Chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus)
  See also AnimalResearch.info on chickens

Beagle trio and techDog (Canis lupus familiaris)

HorseHorses (Equidae)

Large ferret

Ferret (Mustela putorius furo)

Xenopus Frog (Xenopus laevisis)


Fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster)

Guinea pigsGuinea pig (Cavia porcellus)
See also AnimalResearch.info on guinea pig.

Golden hamsterSyrian or golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus)

Red kangeroo grazingKangaroo - red (Macropus rufus)

llama and child

Llama (Lama glama)


MouseMouse (Mus musculus)


Nematode (Caenorohabditis elegans)

Common octopusOctopus (Octopus vulgaris)

Opossum in hand

Opossum (Monodelphis domestica)


Pig (Sus scrofa domesticus)

Technician check rabbitRabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Lab ratRat (Rattus norvegicus)
See AnimalResearch.info on rats and GM rats

sheep-in-lab-pen.jpgSheep (Ovis aries)
See AnimalResearch.info on sheep

ZebrafishZebrafish (Danio rerio)
See www.AnimalResearch.info on fish and zebrafish.