NIH and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have participated under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Concerning Laboratory Animal Welfare for more than a decade. The agencies share a common interest in the care and welfare of laboratory animals used in research and testing. This agreement provides for coordination and harmonization of agency efforts to ensure appropriate laboratory animal care and welfare. The new MOU is available at NIH-VA MOU.
The IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) will present a Best Practices Meeting on February 27-28, 2018, in San Antonio, TX. This meeting is for IACUC staff and animal program operations personnel to present and share best practices in the humane care and use of laboratory animals.