Animal Research Protection
DRI conducts a small number of research projects involving the use of vertebrate animals and is committed to the humane and judicious use of animals in all such projects. Therefore, DRI is committed to staying in compliance with all appropriate governmental laws, regulations, and policies regarding the use of animals for research purposes. These laws, regulations, and policies set standards in such areas as
(1) the composition and functions of an animal care and use committee
(including review of animal welfare considerations of all research and teaching protocols [including field studies] and semiannual facility and program reviews);
(2) procurement, transportation, and housing of laboratory animals;
(3) appropriate use of anesthetics, analgesics, and tranquilizers;
(4) use of aseptic technique and multiple survival surgery;
(5) consideration of alternative (adjunct) methodology;
(6) unnecessary duplication of research; and
(7) training of research and animal care staff.
It is rare for DRI researchers to conduct studies using vertebrate animals, and DRI does not house animals for research or training purposes. For these reasons and in order to ensure compliance, DRI has arranged with the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) to use its Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and other animal care infrastructure (see letter of agreement below). DRI faculty considering research using animals first should inform the VPR Office 775-673-7376 and then contact UNR's Office of Laboratory Animal Medicine (OLAM) at 775-784-4874. DRI faculty are required to strictly adhere to UNR's animal care policies and procedures in order to ensure compliance.
- NIH Office of Animal Care and Use (includes links to key animal care policies)
- Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (ILAR 2011) from The National Academies Press
- Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees – site produced by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
- NIH recommended links on animal care and use
All researchers that are considering using animals in their research should become familiar with the information on these pages.