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.
Procedures on horses account for less than 1% of all animal procedures carried out in the UK. Of these procedures, the majority are carried out for the routine production of blood-based products. Blood based products are used for a variety of diagnostic purposes. For more information on numbers of animals used in the UK, including the latest statistics, see here.