Laboratory animal care : Expert Reports

The division produces 60-70 reports per year. These reports are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review. The experts who volunteer their time participating on study committees are vetted to make sure that the committee has the range of expertise needed to address the task, that they have a balance of perspectives, and to identify and eliminate members with conflicts of interest. All reports undergo a rigorous, independent peer review to assure that the statement of task has been addressed, that conclusions are adequately supported, and that all important issues raised by the reviewers are addressed. Thus, while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy.

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Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (2010)

This seventh update to the National Research Council's Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals integrates recently published data, scientific principles, and expert opinion to recommend practices for the humane care and use of animals in research, testing, and teaching. The Guide is an internationally accepted primary reference on animal care for the scientific community. Previous editions have served as the basis for accreditation o... More >>

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Scientific and Humane Issues in the Use of Random Source Dogs and Cats (2009)

Random source dogs and cats -- those that come from the general population, rather than being bred specifically for biomedical research -- can be valuable models for studying certain types of diseases. Dealers who buy and sell random source animals, rather than breed them (known as Class B dealers), are licensed by the US Department of Agriculture to ensure animal welfare and appropriate acquisition of the animals, but without adequat... More >>

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Recognition and Alleviation of Pain in Laboratory Animals (2009)

Minimizing and alleviating pain in laboratory animals without compromising the methodological integrity of a research project is important both ethically and legally. Fortunately, recent scientific progress has expanded the understanding of pain and increased the ability to prevent and alleviate it in laboratory animals. This report, developed by a committee convened by the National Research Council at the request of the New Jersey Associatio... More >>

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Recognition and Alleviation of Distress in Laboratory Animals (2008)

Many scientific advancements in biomedical research would not be possible without the use of laboratory animals. Proper care of animals used in research has been an ongoing priority for the scientific community, and there are many laws and regulations that govern the use of animals in research. It has become more widely recognized that animals may experience distress in a laboratory setting, and that this distress may interfere with the animal'... More >>

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Guidelines for the Humane Transportation of Research Animals (2006)

Transporting research animals is a necessary part of the biomedical enterprise that can have substantial effects on the physiological and psychological condition of the animals. Individuals at research facilities often find arranging transportation of animals a challenge. In order to address a plethora of sometimes confusing and burdensome regulations pertaining to transportation of research animals, thi... More >>