AAVMC Guidelines on the Use of Animals in Veterinary Education (October 2022)
The AAVMC Board of Directors established the Task Force on the Use of Animals in Veterinary Education, in July 2021, with the charge of developing recommendations to the Board. The Task Force recommended the development of guidelines for AAVMC member institutions. The draft was distributed to the AAVMC Assembly and AAVMC Academic Affairs Committee, in August 2022, with request to distribute to the key faculty/staff members for review and comment.
The AAVMC Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Veterinary Education were approved by the Board in October 2022.
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AAVMC Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Veterinary Education (PDF)
AAVMC Position Statement on the Use of Animals in Biomedical Research (March 2023)
The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) strongly supports the responsible use of animals in biomedical research conducted with the goal of advancing biomedical science in service to animal and human health. It is essential that this research be performed in accordance with all laws, regulations and policies governing the care and use of animals in research. This position affirms the essential role of research involving live animals in advancement of biomedical knowledge. This research is foundational to advancements in animal and human health and well-being1. It is recognized that the use of animals in biomedical research is necessary and that it carries unique professional, scientific, and moral obligations, and ethical responsibilities2. This requires that biomedical research involving animals: adheres to the highest standards of animal care; is conducted by individuals with proper training; involves sound, robust experimental design; and advances experimental protocols that reduce or eliminate animal pain and distress. The AAVMC is committed in support of biomedical research involving animals that is ethical, responsible and humane3, and to research aimed at refining, reducing, and replacing animal use where possible and appropriate.
1American Veterinary Medical Association: Use of animals in research, testing, and education
2Association of American Medical Colleges: Animals in Medical Education and Research
3National Association for Biomedical Research: The Importance of Animal Research
Foundation for Biomedical Research
AAVMC Position Statement on the Use of Animals in Biomedical Research (PDF)
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