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Understanding Humane Animal Care and Use

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Find information on animal care and use in laboratory settings, the 3Rs, and animal use ethics.

Animal Care and Use in Laboratory Settings

  • NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW): the definitive NIH website of humane animal care and use.
  • What investigators need to know about the use of animals (PDF - 3.9 MB): a concise summary of the responsibilities of NIH-funded investigators who use animal subjects.
  • OLAW's PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals Tutorial is for new animal care and use committee members, institutional administrators, investigators, animal care personnel, veterinarians, or others who are interested in learning about the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
  • OLAW's National Animal Welfare Education Program supports workshops, conferences and IACUC education.
  • OLAW's Online Seminars program is a free online seminar series to help Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) staff and Institutional Officials explore their responsibilities in the oversight of PHS-funded research that involves the use of live vertebrate animals.
  • Many professional societies offer training opportunities on how to effectively manage animal care and use programs and other related topics.

The 3Rs: Reduction, Refinement and Replacement in the Laboratory Setting

Animal Use Ethics