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CVMA Policy on Use of Animals in Research, Testing, and Education

The CVMA recognizes that animals have an important role in research, testing, and education for continued improvement of human and animal health and welfare. The CVMA also recognizes that humane care of animals used in research, testing, and education is an integral part of those activities. In keeping with these concerns, the CVMA endorses the principles embodied in the “3 Rs” tenant of Russell and Burch (1959). These principles are: replacement of animals with non-animal methods wherever feasible; reduction of the number of animals consistent with sound experimental design; and refinement of experimental methods to eliminate or reduce animal pain and distress.

The use of animals in research, testing, and education if a privilege carrying with it unique professional, scientific, and moral obligations, and ethical responsibilities. The CVMA encourages proper stewardship of all animals, and supports the judicious use of animals in meaningful research, testing, and education programs. Third party review of welfare of all animals is essential for all facilities.

The CVMA condemns all acts of violence, vandalism, or intimidation directed toward individuals, facilities, or tertiary organizations affiliated with the use of animals in research, testing, or education.

(January 2013)

 

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