Using Invertebrate Animals in Research

1. Definition of an Invertebrate Animal

An animal lacking a backbone, such as an arthropod, mollusc, annelid, coelenterate, etc. The invertebrates constitute an artificial division of the animal kingdom, comprising 95 per cent of animal species and about thirty different phyla.  Invertebrates have small nervous systems, consisting of many small brains (ganglia).
Oxford Dictionary

2. Exeriments Using Invertebrate Animals

Students may do experiments on invertebrate animals, and exhibit their work in science fairs. Lower orders of life - bacteria, fungi, protozoa, plants and invertebrate animals with elementary nervous systems - can be used in experimentation to reveal valuable basic biological information.

Cephalopods are invertebrates with large, vertebrate-like central nervous system and are treated according to the rules for Vertebrate Animals.

Youth Science Canada reserves the right to disallow a project involving experimentation on invertebrates that is of questionable scientific or educational value, or is judged to be unethical.

3. Steps for Invertebrate Animal Projects

  1. Choose your project
  2. Find your Adult Advisor
  3. Carry out your project.

4. Policy

  1. Policy 4.2.1 Use of Invertebrate Animals in Research

5. Request for Advice or a Ruling

  1. Download this Request for Advice or a Ruling.
  2. Fill it in.
  3. Follow the instructions at the end of the form.