These Nuffield Council on Bioethics resources aim to help students make informed decisions about the use of animals in research.There are 10 activities to choose from, made up of individual starters, activities, plenaries and an assessment exercise which can be dropped into a lesson or used as a whole according to a chosen programme of study.

In science, for example, the activities could give an applied dimension to study of the nervous system. In citizenship they provide a context for looking at pressure groups, the media or a topical, controversial issue which provides a basis for ethical discussion.


Starter 1: What Animals?

This resource explores the types and number of animals used in research. The activity is best conducted with a whole class or as group work. The resource includes a lesson plan for the teacher.

The resource was produced by Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Starter 2: What Do We Know?

In this activity, students are required to question the assumptions they may make when presented with visual images of animal research. They need to consider an image carefully before they come to any conclusions about what is happening to the animal. The activity is best conducted in groups.The resource, from the...

Activity 3: What Is Animal Research?

This Nuffield Council on Bioethics resource explores the purpose of different types of research and testing and why they are used. Students are required to work in either groups or as a whole class. The resource includes a lesson plan for the teacher.

Activity 4: Are Animal Experiments Painful?

This Nuffield Council on Bioethics investigates the levels of severity of procedures. It also investigates the ways in which data is collected during animal experiments. Students are asked to work in groups or as a whole class to develop skills in analysing information to build an argument. The resource includes a...


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