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 UW–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.
Wisconsin statutes, Chapter 38 UW System Wis. Stat. § 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
4-3 was rescinded in 2019 by Board resolution 11280. Replaced by Res. 11279
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