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Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)

PHS Policy or OLAW PHS Policy

Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

The Guide or the OLAW Guide

Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

Fass Guide or Ag Guide (FASS = Federation of Animal Science Societies)

Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching, Third Edition

AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia

AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia (Formerly Report of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia) on June 2007

US Govt Principles

U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training

AWA Regulations Governing the IACUC

Title 9, Animal and Animal Productions, Part 2 - Regulations

USDA Policy Manual

United States Department of Agricultural (USDA) Animal Welfare Animal Care Policy Manual


Recognition and Alleviation of Pain in Laboratory Animals

Recognition and Alleviation of Pain in Laboratory Animals


Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th Edition, February 2007

ILAR Journal Website

Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) Journal Website

ILAR Website

Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) Website


Laboratory for Inderdisciplinary Statistical Analysis

Mammalogy Guidelines – Current Edition

Guidelines of the American Society of Mammalogists for the Use of Wild Mammals in Research

Ornithology Guidelines – Current Edition

The Ornithological Council's "Guidelines To The Use Of Wild Birds In Research"


Links to Federal Government and Regulatory Agency Sites

National Academy of Science


National Agricultural Library - Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC)

  • AWIC home page
  • Resources about laboratory animals used in research
  • Resources about farm animals used in research

National Institute of Standards and Technology - Advanced Technology Program

  • Guidelines and Documentation Requirements for Research Involving Human and Animal Subjects

National Institutes of Health - Office of Extramural Research

National Science Foundation (NSF)

PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

- PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals FAQs

US Department of Agriculture / Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)-


Sites related to Bioethical Issues and Animal Research

Alternatives to Animal Testing

Ethical Issues / Debates

Professional Societies / Organizations - General


Links to Relevant Virginia Tech Sites

Recombinant DNA

Environmental Health and Safety Guidelines


Sites of Interest at Other Universities


Other Local, Regional, National, and International links of interest

American Society of Mammologists (ASM)

Biological Safety in Animal Facilities

Diagnostic Laboratories - Lab Animal Diseases [serology, microbiology, parasitology, histopathology]

The Ornithological Council

Professional Lab Animal Organizations

Professional Organizations - Wildlife Field Biology

Research Advocacy Organizations / Sites


Useful References and Texts

Adequate Veterinary Care Guildelines (ACLAM)

Anatomy / Necropsy of Rats and Mice

Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) Bibliographies

  • Bibliographies and Resource Guides

Behavioral Research - Animal Welfare Concerns

  • "Methods and Welfare Considerations in Behavioral Research with Animals; A Report of the National Institutes of Health" - Handbook to Provide Guidance to Institution IACUCs

Biological Safety in Animal Facilities

Canadian Council on Animal Care

Environmental Enrichment


Humane Endpoints other than "Death as an Endpoint"

IACUC Handbook

Silverman J, Suckow M, and Murthy S, eds. 2000. The IACUC Handbook. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. 538 pp.

Investigator / Staff Training

In the Name of Science - Issues in Responsible Animal Experimentation. F. Barbara Orlans. Oxford Press, 1996. 312 pp.

Journals / Publications

Pain, Analgesia, and Anesthesia