About the 3Rs-Centre

Mission statement

The 3Rs-Centre stimulates the development, acceptation and implementation of methods which can replace, reduce and refine animal experiments, the 3R’s. The centre facilitates the 3Rs in education and animal research in many ways, by providing information and advice about 3Rs models.
The centre’s communication activities involve providing information through its website, publishing its newsletters and participating in relevant master programs and the course on Laboratory Animal Science.


The centre is part of the Department Population Health Sciences, faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. This department focuses on issues pertaining to animal welfare and human animal interactions, in the broadest sense, and informs scientists as well as the public about these issues.

Responsible animal testing

Veterinary and bio-medical research is carried out at Utrecht University and the University Medical Center Utrecht. In addition to experiments involving cell and tissue culture techniques, computer simulations and human volunteers, animal experiments are performed. Read more about Responsible animal testing.