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Additional Sites & Resources

List of useful sites and resources in Animal Care and Use

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 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 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