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Laboratory Guidelines for Animal Care

  • Marcelo CoutoEmail author
  • Charles Cates
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Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1920)

Abstract

Animal research is a controversial subject because of the ethical and moral implications of using unwilling research subjects in potentially painful or distressful procedures usually ending in euthanasia. As such, it must be conducted in a compassionate and responsible manner geared toward maximizing the animals’ quality of life prior to and during experimentation. Because of its contentious nature, the conduct of animal research is highly regulated at the federal, state, city, and institutional levels. It is essential that researchers acquire a thorough knowledge of the procedures to be conducted as well as a working knowledge of the regulations. This will maximize humane care of research animals and prevent potentially negative or detrimental interactions with groups opposed to using animals in biomedical research. Perhaps the best way to attain these goals is to avoid inadvertent instances of noncompliance with their research protocol or applicable regulations. Regulatory noncompliance can also have serious negative consequences on investigators’ research careers ranging from temporary suspension of their protocols to loss of funding and revocation of principal investigator status and associated privileges. To minimize such adverse outcomes, it is advised that researchers build positive and collaborative relationships with key institutional players such as the veterinary staff, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and top administrators. Guidance is provided regarding the appropriate handling of regulatory noncompliance.

Key words

Animal research Ethics Animal facilities Organizational relationships Animal welfare regulations Regulatory compliance 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLALos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA

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