The AALAS Foundation funds the development and production of outreach resources with the help of many individuals, corporations, and AALAS branches. As you look through this section, you will find programs and materials that promote public awareness of the benefits of biomedical research and enhance the responsible use of laboratory animals.
Whether you are a member of the public seeking clear, factual information about the responsible use of animals in biomedical research, or an AALAS member planning to present a public outreach program, you will find useful resources for different age groups and audiences. Some materials can be printed from your computer; the other materials may be ordered online through the AALAS Bookstore.
Kids, Teachers, and Parents
Animal Roles in Medical Discoveries (PDF)
Careers in Biomedical Research (PowerPoint)
Careers in Biomedical Research (PDF)
Animals in Biomedical Research: Understanding the Issues (PDF)
Caring for Animals in the Classroom
Product Safety Testing Poster (PDF)
If There Is No Animal Research, There Is No Cure Poster (PDF)
Together for Life Activity Sheets (PDF)
Together for Life Poster (PDF)
Animals in Research (PowerPoint)
Frogs: A Comprehensive Course for High School Students DVD
Learning About Frogs Courses
Puzzles, Posters, & More
Careers in Laboratory Animal Science Video
Living Proof: Faces of Research (wmv)
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Veterinarians Speaking for Research
Hear the personal stories of four veterinarians, their love for animals, their commitment to animal welfare and their passion for the roles they play in helping develop new and improved treatment for humans and animals via animal research. Video courtesy of Americans for Medical Progress.
Hear how Jake, Toby, and Valentine, three pets with different illnesses, have benefited from of animal research. Video courtesy of Americans for Medical Progress.
Animal Research Facility Tour
Take a guided tour though the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Department of Comparative Medicine with veterinarian John D. Young. Video courtesy of Americans for Medical Progress.
Visit our award-winning Community Animal Research Environment (CARE) in Whyville, the leading virtual world for teens and pre-teens.
CARE Information Page
School Resources Library
Free online courses aimed at middle school and high school students. Includes tests to evaluate student performance.
Working with Animals Courses
Learning about Frogs: Introduction
Learning about Frogs: Advanced
Caring for Animals in the Classroom
Exploring Laboratory Animal Science Courses
Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science
Careers for Laboratory Animal Veterinarians
Careers for Laboratory Animal Technicians
Animal Research Education and Awareness Program
An enlightening and entertaining program that introduces science
students to laboratory animal science and the vast array of career
opportunities in the industry. The program teaches students how
animals help scientists in research—and how research, in turn, benefits animals.
AREA Program Guide
AREA Program Playing Cards (Full Deck)
AREA Program Playing Cards (Animals Only)
Bring the AREA Program to Your Neighborhood
Branch AREA Programs
Conducting the AREA program at your next branch or district meeting is a great way to advance students’ understanding, respect, and support for laboratory animal science.
It’s also a fun way to make an impact on the lives of young people interested in science and medicine.
With the help of Pfizer, the AALAS Foundation is now able to offer complimentary AREA Program resources to help your branch conduct this important program in your community.
The online AREA Program Guide contains complete instructions on how to conduct this tried-and-true program.
The guide includes everything you need – from student invitations to PowerPoint presentations – to make this an easy and rewarding experience for your branch members and AREA Program participants.
In addition to the step-by-step guide, AALAS also offers free AREA Program backpacks, notebooks, pens, and Foundation outreach materials.
The strength of laboratory animal science tomorrow depends on improved science preparation of students today.
Your branch can contribute to efforts to inspire today’s students to become tomorrow’s laboratory animal science professionals by conducting the AREA Program.
The AREA Program is a relatively low-cost event. Most branch AREA Program expenditures are limited to lunch for program participants, printing costs, and meeting room expenses.
Some branches chose to recruit sponsors to cover these expenses. Others go the extra mile and reimburse schools for transportation expenses related to the event.
We understand that branch budgets are tight, so we wanted to let you know about two other potential funding sources for your AREA Program, the Ben Cohen Branch Education Fund and the Pfizer Branch AREA Program Fund.
Ben Cohen Branch Education Fund
The Ben Cohen Branch Education Fund supports qualified educational programs offered by AALAS branches.
In order to qualify for funding, branches must meet the branch compliance criteria and submit a complete application, including all supplemental documents. Funding cannot be awarded retroactive to an event or program.
The Ben Cohen Branch Education Fund application form outlines the fund details and requirements.
Pfizer Branch AREA Program Fund
Pfizer has established a Branch AREA Program Fund. A limited number of grants are available to AALAS Branches interested in conducting the AREA program.
For information on how your branch can apply, please contact AALAS Foundation Administrator Vicki Campbell or the AALAS Foundation office to learn how Foundation staff can help you plan your branch’s AREA Program.
Consumer Product Safety Posters
This series of six posters highlights the importance of consumer product safety screening and the vital role laboratory animal science professionals play in caring for animals.
The colorful 11” x 17” posters also illustrate that federal agencies require safety screening for consumer products to ensure they are safe for humans and animals when used as directed.
Posters focus on topics ranging from Child Safety, Pet Health, Cosmetic Safety, Vision Health, Skin Care, and Household Product Safety. Click on each thumbnail below to view the full posters.
Special thanks to Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Society for Biomedical Research for their contributions to this project.
To learn more, please read our consumer product safety screening webpage.
Developed by Americans for Medical Progress, the ResearchTrivia game informs students about how animal research advances human and animal medicine.
ResearchTrivia Game Guide
Speaking Honestly: Animal Research Education
Speaking Honestly – Animal Research Education (SHARE) is a program designed to guide educators in leading a discussion-based classroom activity on the different views on the use of animals in research.
Created by Scott Dobrin & Elizabeth Burnett as part of the Americans for Medical Progress Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach, SHARE allows students to develop their own opinions based on factual information and peer-to-peer discussion.
Laboratory Animal Science Professionals
Learn how to conduct successful public outreach programs in your community.
SUBR Public Outreach and Communications Guide
How You Can Help
AALAS Foundation Brochure (PDF)
Planned Giving (PDF)
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