The purpose of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide), which includes the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia (formerly "Report of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia"), and the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Agricultural Research and Teaching (Ag Guide) is to help institutions care for and use animals in ways judged to be scientifically, technically, and humanely appropriate. Further, the Guide and Ag Guide are intended to help investigators fulfill their obligations to plan and conduct animal experiments in accord with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles. The Guide and the Ag Guide define the minimum standards for appropriate care and use of animals that the University of Wisconsin-Madison assures many of the funding sources, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Public Health Service (PHS), that we follow. Without such an assurance, those funding sources cannot provide research dollars.
The UW–Madison Institutional Official requires all Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) to use the current "Guide" and "Ag Guide" as the minimal standards of care for all laboratory and agricultural animals under the jurisdiction of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Investigators should seek guidance from either a research animal veterinarian and/or the IACUC as to which of the two Guides apply. This requirement is in accordance with University of Wisconsin Regent Policy 4-3, in accordance with Wis. Statute § 36.40.
Wisconsin statutes, Chapter 38 UW System 36.40 Use of animals for research purposes. The board shall adopt criteria for researchers to follow regarding humane treatment of animals for scientific research purposes. History: 1983 a. 27.
Regent Policy Document 4-3 (formerly 84-2) Criteria for Use of Animals for Research The criteria as stated within the 1996 edition, or succeeding editions, of The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, which is published by the Institute of Laboratory Animal Research, the Commission on Life Sciences, and the National Research Council, shall be the criteria for researchers to follow regarding the humane treatment of animals for scientific research purposes in accordance with Wis. Stats. § 36.40 (created by 1983 Wisconsin Act 27, sec. 908t). History: Res. 3024 adopted 4/6/84
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