AP404 Research Animal Policy

Course Description

This course focuses on legislative and regulatory policies and agencies that affect the welfare of animals in research. The course addresses policies related to minimization of animal pain and distress and consideration of alternatives to animal use. The impact of globalization on animal research internationally also will be explored. 3 credits

Course Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of animal research policy as well as current legislative proposals.
  • Explain the animal research regulatory process in the United States and specific topics that current regulations do and do not address (e.g. species covered).
  • Describe the various stakeholders involved in animal research policy and the strategies, interests, and roles of each.

Course Topics

(Subject to Change)

  • Introduction and Overview of Animal Research
  • Animal Welfare Act
  • Regulation of Animal Research and USDA
  • Health Research Extension Act
  • Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
  • Pending legislation on research animals
  • Policies regarding research on non-human primates and dogs
  • International Animal Research Policy

Course Materials

(Subject to Change)

  • Carbone, Larry. (2004). What Animals Want: Expertise and Advocacy in Laboratory Animal Welfare Policy. New York: Oxford University Press.