Expert Report

Guidelines for the Care and Use of Mammals in Neuroscience and Behavioral Research (2003)

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Prepared at the request of the National Institutes of Health, this report provides current best practices for animal care and use in neuroscience and behavioral research. Each chapter offers an in-depth treatment of a common research theme, highlighting the situations that can pose difficulties for researchers, veterinarians, and IACUC members, and how current regulations and guidelines apply to those situations. The report helps demystify the decision-making process that IACUCs, veterinarians, and researchers step through when developing, evaluating, and implementing an animal-use protocol.