For Students and Educators

Secondary School Education

HRA’s Humane Education Loan Program (HELP) aims to provide educators and students with up to date alternatives to animal use in teaching. Please contact us if you would like to borrow any of the items listed.

We have a limited range of alternatives available on loan, but be aware that there are many great free and low-cost resources available for both whole body and single organ dissections. Have a look at the Froguts app, which allow users to virtually dissect a bullfrog, a cow eye, a starfish, a fetal pig, an owl pellet, all for free. Students have the opportunity to use digital dissection tools and a microscope, collect experimental data, and complete quizzes. The dissection modules are organised by body system, and each is thoroughly explained.

Please review the below websites to search for alternatives to harmful animal use in education:

If you are interested in purchasing a paper 3D dissection model, you can claim a 10% discount on your first order using the code HRA10. Thank you to Getting Nerdy.

HRA HELP- Resources for Alternatives to Classroom Animal Dissection


With SynFrog™, there’s no longer any need to harm real frogs for the sake of enhancing the educational experience. In addition to eliminating the ethical concerns of sacrificing living animals to teach comparative anatomy, SynFrog is a better option for students because it does not expose them to hazardous chemicals, like formaldehyde and formalin.

Australian Supplier: Mentone Educational

Concise Dissection Charts

Images of dissection specimens. We have:

  • 1 x fetal pig
  • 1 x crayfish
  • 1 x brain/heart

Australian Supplier: Southern Biological

Altay Male and Female Rat Model

Adult rat with interchangeable male and female reproductive systems is mounted in supine position; removable from base for examination. Organs are detachable in 4 pieces.

Australian Supplier: Southern Biological

Eye Model

Demonstrate the structure and function of the human eye with this 6-times enlarged model. Includes a transparent vitreous body and functional lens. Dissects into 5 parts.

Australian Supplier: Mentone Educational

Modern Teaching Aids (MDA) also supplies a range of dissection models.
Students can conduct a virtual dissection with the Merge Cube.

View HRA’s Say No to Dissection campaign page 

View a sample student choice policy for high school students. 

View Workshop Presentation on the ethics of animal dissection that HRA delivered at the Australian Science Teachers Association conference. 

University Education and Professional Training provides resources to guide and assist students who wish to conscientiously object to harmful animal use.

Read more about harmful animal use in education here.

Watch a webinar recording on alternatives to animals in biology teaching and medical training.

Read a guest blog on harmful animal use in teaching and conscientious objection. 

Whilst Australian universities that use animals in teaching are required to have a conscientious objection policy according to the Code, these do vary in their scope. An example of a progressive conscientious objection policy is the Murdoch Uni policy

Read about conscientious objection and veterinary studies here.  

Courses in Non-Animal technologies

Microphysiological Systems engineering 


Teaching resources and professional development

If you are a science teacher interested in advancing your knowledge of the 3Rs and Animal Use in Science, why not take a free online course ran by the European Schoolnet Academy?

Learn about Frontiers for Young Minds program on introducing the 3Rs to young minds and read an article on organ-on-a-chip designed for young people. 

Doctors Against Animal Experiments has an animated educational film on the failings of animal experimentation. 

The Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments has put together a special activity aimed at 11-14-year-olds which encourages students to think about how scientific experts need to work together to develop technologies that can replace animal research with human-relevant science. See page 14 -15 of the British Science Week Secondary Activity Pack

Phoenix Zones Initiative has a teaching guide for undergraduate and graduate students on transforming medical research. 

See the European Commission publication Introducing the Three Rs into secondary schools, universities and continuing education programmes – Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal use in science.

If you are interested in study in the field of humane education, please see the Institute for Humane Education

Chicken Hatching Programs


For information on the animal welfare implications of chicken hatching programs, please see the RSPCA knowledgebase

For alternative teaching resources without life chicks, please see here


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