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Additional Sites & Resources – IACUC

The Basics


Animal Alternatives

Specific Laws and Related Documents

The Institute for Laboratory Animal Resources (ILAR)

  • Receipt of federal funding requires institutions to provide animal care in accordance with the National Research Council’s ILAR Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
  • ILAR also publishes a number of useful documents about laboratory animals including:
    • Principles and Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Pre college Education. The use of animals in secondary schools is unregulated. If you work with pre-college students or science fairs, this is a must read document.
    • Standardized Nomenclature for Transgenic Animals
    • Amphibians: Guidelines for the Breeding, Care, and Management of Laboratory Animals

Biological Safety in Animal Facilities

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

  • The AVMA’s Guidelines on Euthanasia uses the best scientific evidence to determine what methods of euthanasia are professionally acceptable. This document has been incorporated into both the Animal Welfare Act and the Public Health Service Policy as the single authoritative document determining how research animals may be euthanized.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – Animal Care enforces the federal Animal Welfare Act. They have a network of Animal Welfare Inspectors throughout the US. They have been known to visit UC Davis as frequently as 50 times per year. All USDA inspections are unannounced, and they have a right to visit any animal holding area and any research lab in which animals are used.
  • Of particular interest is their Animal Welfare Inspection Guide. This document determines many of the actions that our IACUC must take as they inspect facilities and review protocols. Among these are:
    • USDA’s policies on Adequate Veterinary Care
    • USDA’s guidelines for a adequate literature search for alternatives to potentially painful procedures.
    • Definitions of major and multiple survival surgery.
    • What procedures are considered painful or distressful.
    • USDA’s requirement for an annual report of animal numbers for research facilities.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)



  • The American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine is a professional specialty board that certifies veterinarians with special expertise in Laboratory Animal Medicine. Of particular interest is their public policy statement on Adequate Veterinary Care, which provides a professional consensus as to what constitutes adequate veterinary care for research animals.

Other Research Intsitutions

Advocacy Groups

  • The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) provides a certification program for animal care staff. AALAS promotes responsible animal care through its programs of training and education.
  • Americans for Medical Progress (AMP) is a pro-research lobbying group. They have a page about discoveries made through animal research as well as a gateway to other websites about animal research.  If you receive requests for general information about biomedical research, this is a great place to refer them.
  • Animal Research Info – One of the most comprehensive websites for information on the contribution of animal research.
  • Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) – US NGO supporting animal research.
  • The Kids for Research web site provides information to students, teachers, and parents on responsible laboratory animal care and use in biomedical research, testing, and education. The site also provides information on the benefits of such research to animals, humans, and the environment.
  • The National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) is a lobbying group that represents the research community in Washington, D.C.
  • Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R ) – Advancing Ethical Research through Education and Policy.
  • Pro-Test – A UK-based student run organization supporting animal research.
  • Understanding Animal Research – Leading British NGO supporting animal testing.
  • Speaking of Research (SR) is a campus-oriented group that seeks to provide university students and faculty with accurate information and resources about the importance of animal research in medical science.

The Administrative Responsibilities Handbook

  • The Administrative Responsibilities Handbook is an essential reference for anyone in a supervisory or managerial role, and anyone who makes budget decisions or has responsibility for safety, emergency preparedness or regulatory compliance. It pulls together, in one place, all of the references that UC Davis administrators need to be effective stewards of the university’s resources.  The Handbook outlines and clarifies the authorities, responsibilities, principles and risk factors faced by individuals tasked with administering academic and non-academic functions on a daily basis.

The Guide to Research Compliance for Principal Investigators and Department Administrators

  • Provided by the UC Davis Office of Research, the Guide to Research Compliance for Principal Investigators and Department Administrators provides an overview of policies and regulations in reference to award terms and conditions, federal, state and local regulations, and university policies directly related to their research.