Humane 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 dissection:

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 viteous 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.

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. 

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

View HRA’s Say No to Dissection campaign page 


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