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Animal Welfare Laws, Regulations, Policies and Guidelines

This site has been established to provide access to all Federal and University animal welfare laws, regulations, policy and guidelines concerning vertebrate animals used in research and teaching. In addition, the latest versions of OVR record keeping forms and UAWC protocol review forms are available for downloading.


Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU)
An NIH site offering many useful policies and guidelines related to the humane use of animals in research.

Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)
An NIH site offering a compendium of Federal laws, policies, and guidelines as well as publications and newsletters.

Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC)
The Department of Agriculture's major site containing copies of laws, regulations and policies, newsletters, publications, and a selection of databases related to the search for alternatives and other issues related to animal welfare. A link to the National Agricultural Library (NAL) is provided.

Animal Welfare Act
Animal Welfare Act and Regulations, at the Animal Welfare Information Center, USDA.

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regulations
This is the full text of the animal welfare regulations promulgated by the USDA to implement the Animal Welfare Act. It forms the basis for regulatory enforcement and inspection by the Department.

Key Changes in the 2010 Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
This June 2010, the National Research Council of the National Academies released pre-publication of the 8th revision of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide).

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
A complete copy of the 2010 Guide produced by the National Academy of Sciences. The Standards and recommendations incorporated into the Guide cover all aspects of animal welfare. The Guide is the basis for regulatory enforcement and inspection by both the NIH and the NY State Department of Health.

USDA Policy Manual
The policy manual presents specific policies used by the USDA to expand on portions of the regulations, clarify specific issues, or provide interpretation of specific regulations. The policies are binding.

The New York State Department of Health
Documents available are the New York State law and regulations regarding proper conduct of "scientific tests, experiments or investigations, involving the use of living animals".

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