Regulatory Information & Suggested Resources
Congress established this Act to ensure that all animals (excluding mice, rats, and birds) are provided humane care and treatment.
Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/phspol.htm
This policy is intended to ensure that PHS grantees and contractors care for and use animals humanely.
U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training
These principles were developed specifically for U.S. Government agencies to follow when conducting testing, research, or training procedures involving vertebrate animals.
Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12910
The Guide is used "to assist institutions in caring for and using animals in ways judged to be scientifically, technically, and humanely appropriate. It also serves to assist investigators in fulfilling their obligation to plan and conduct animal experiments in accord with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles."
Guidelines for the Care and Use of Mammals in Neuroscience and Behavioral Research
Expanding on the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals," this publication provides current best practices for animal care and use and discusses how applicable regulations and guidelines can be applied to neuroscience and behavioral research. It encourages the use of professional judgment and careful interpretation of regulations and guidelines to develop performance standards that ensure animal well-being and high-quality research.
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals 2013 Edition
This document provides guidance on euthanasia methods and agents to ensure that animals are relieved from unnecessary pain and suffering.
United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) Animal Care Policy Manual
This is a resource guide that provides additional clarification on the intent of the Animal Welfare Act.
Applied Reseasrch Ethics National Association (ARENA) / Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/GuideBook.pdf
Laboratory Animal Management: Rodents (National Research Council)
Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories http://www.cdc.gov/od/ohs/biosfty/bmbl4/bmbl4toc.htm
Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdna/nih_guidelines_oba.html
Report of the ACLAM Task Force on Rodent Euthanasia (2005) American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
Guidelines For Use Of Live Amphibians And Reptiles In Field And Laboratory Research (2004)
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Guidelines To The Use Of Wild Birds In Research (1999)
THE ORNITHOLOGICAL COUNCIL
Fish Research and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (2003) Institute for Laboratory Animal Resources
Guidelines for the Use of Fishes in Research (2004)
American Fisheries Society
Guidelines of the American Society of Mammalogists for the Use of Wild Mammals in Research (2011) American Society of Mammalogists
http://www.mammalsociety.org/uploads/Sikes et al 2011.pdf