The Essential Role of Animal Studies

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Some people question if we really need animal studies. The simple answer is yes! Without them, it would not be possible to develop new medicines, keep both humans and our animals healthy, and feed the growing population.

At Bayer, safety and efficacy are our primary concerns for every new product. Animal studies play an important role in ensuring that the benefits of our products outweigh the risks to humans, animals, and the environment.


We take our responsibilities seriously – not only toward the people and animals who are ultimately treated with our products, but also towards the laboratory animals that are involved in developing them.



We have a program in place to make sure that all our external partners are monitored and inspected on a regular basis.

These are study and test methods that involve fewer animals, or that dispense with the need for animals altogether. Bayer works actively to develop and use these alternative methods. The use of alternative methods is still limited because they are still not as informative as animal studies.