Animal Protection Community Outreach
The activities of the animal protection community have had a significant role in driving the search for valid non-animal methods. We believe that their involvement can be even more effective with a strong understanding of the capabilities and limitations of in vitro assays. Our outreach initiatives to these communities are therefore focused not only on providing education but also on fostering productive communication with leaders in industry and government who can help support positive changes in traditional toxicology.
We have designed and conducted technical and educational workshops, both in the US and Europe, specifically for animal protection groups. These workshops provide a constructive environment in which the attendees can gain a deeper understanding of this complex topic and strengthen their own outreach initiatives. IIVS continues the dialog with these organizations to keep current with the issues important to their supporters. This knowledge is continually expanded and updated via regular interactions with IIVS.
In addition to our educational programs, IIVS facilitates discussion on the sometimes difficult topics that the animal protection community often wishes to debate with industry. By facilitating these discussions, IIVS hopes to enable all groups to make progress towards a shared vision. IIVS also reviews of grant applications for animal welfare organizations that fund research into alternatives such as the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ARDF) and International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER).