About AAVS

The mission of AAVS is to end the use of animals in science through education, advocacy, and the development of alternative methods. Founded in 1883, the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) is the first non-profit animal advocacy and educational organization in the United States dedicated to ending experimentation on animals in research, testing, and education. We work with individuals, students and parents, educators, grassroots groups, corporate and government decision makers, and members of the scientific community.

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AAVS provides you with the latest, most accurate information about the use of animals in science and the development of alternative methods. Learning is the first step in the long journey to ethical science and animal rights. Make sure you’re advocating for animals with all the information you can gather – click here to learn about Animals in Science.


Use the AAVS Action Center to add your voice to the conversation about the use of animals in science. Active citizenship is essential to positive change – we cannot move forward with out you. Communicate your concerns and desires for an ethical and compassionate future to your representatives and corporate leaders – click here to take action.


AAVS’s work would not be possible without the support of its members. Become a real friend to the animals with a gift to further the campaign of your choice. Click here to find out how you can make a difference.

Financial and Management Information

2014 Form 990
2014 Audited Financial Statement
AAVS Document Retention Policy
AAVS Whistleblower Policy

EIN: 23-0341990