Animal research within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) falls under “medical research”
programs, which focus on health-care-services research, prosthetic and other rehabilitative
research and mental illness research. The goal of the research is to improve the
treatment for all service-related injuries and illnesses, as well as spinal cord
injuries and those diseases that lead to paralysis of the lower extremities.
All VA animal research projects must be conducted according
to VA Policy on animal research, which is found in VHA Handbook 1200.7, Use of Animals in Research at the VA. VA research must also comply
Animal Welfare Act and the regulations promulgated by the Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service (APHIS) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
All research funded by the National Institutes of Health, including VA medical research,
must include Public Health Service
Assurances of compliance with the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. And finally,
the VA has taken the additional step of requiring that all centers conducting animal
research meet the accreditation standards of the Association for Assessment
and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).
Use of Animals in Research
at the VAVHA Handbook
1200.7 Use of Animals in Research.
Read the VHA Handbook (pdf) http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1268
A Memorandum of Understanding
between the VA and NIH on research issues including the use of animals in research.Read the MOU (Word document)
Overview of Existing System
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Animal Welfare Act (AWA)AWA Regulations & StandardsAPHIS Animal Care Policy ManualAPHIS Research Facility Inspection Guide
Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)
Public Health Service Act (PHS)PHS Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory AnimalsGuide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
FDA Good Laboratory Practice for Nonclinical Lab Studies (full text)
Department of Defense (DoD)
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Federal Interagency Programs
U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research & TrainingUSDA-NIH-FDA Memorandum of UnderstandingInteragency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM)National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicology Methods (NICEATM)NIH Revitalization Act of 1993ICCVAM Authorization Act of 2000 (PL 106-545, 42 U.S.C. 2851-3)
Overview of states laws affecting animal research facilities by type.
ACCREDITATION OF ANIMAL CARE PROGRAMS
Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care
PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS & CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)
Management CertificationTechnician Certification
American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM)
Veterinarian Specialty Board Certification
American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP)
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Guidelines for Euthanasia
Association of Primate Veterinarians
Institute for Laboratory Animal Research of National Academies of Science
Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research
Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA)
Society for Neuroscience
Society of Toxicology
ANIMAL WELFARE POLICY STATEMENTS
SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION REQUIREMENTS
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