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arunadhav
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What  are the use of  sheep, rat, mice, guinea pigs, rabit, Hamster, Fowl in laboratory testing?

marcus muench
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 Your question is so broad

 Your question is so broad that I'm afraid your not going to get many answers.  Can you be more specific?

arunadhav
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Which are the animals that

Which are the animals that are used in laboratory testing?

marcus muench
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 I'm sure it is a very long

 I'm sure it is a very long list,  but off the top of my head:  Mice, Rats, fruit flies (Drosophila), nematodes (C. elagans, zebra fish, dogs, cats, birds (different species, parakeets, parrots etc), non-human primates (rhesus etc), sheep, pigs.

JRod0311
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There are some models that

There are some models that are more common than others.  Mouse, Rat, Dogs and Monkeys are standards for most Toxicology and Safety Pharm. studies, however, Carson O' mentioned some other species and not nearly all of them.  Often you want your target models to be able to tell you something about the drug your testing and you want to get the results of your testing to be predictive to what it would be in humans during clinical testing.  So there is no real "one size fits all" animal model.  Just like there's no "one size fits all" molecule.

Jason King
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As mentioned above there is

As mentioned above there is an endless list of animals that are used in research. It might be more interesting to get an idea of the proportion of the total number that each species constitutes, or the proportion of experiments that involve each species.

eg. 85% of animal experiments involve mice, 10% rats, 5% everything else together.
(This is just a guess and probably underestimates the proportion of experiments that involve fruit flies).

Each country should have data available but trying to estimate global use will be quite difficult.

Here's a link to one site with quite good information.