Office of Research & Development

Guidance

Guidance
Document #

Title

Distribution Date

AR2018-001

Adoption of Research Animals Covered by the USDA Animal Welfare Act Regulations

July 2, 2018

AR2017-001

Canine, Feline and Non-Human Primate Research Protocols (revised guidance, expanded to incorporate review and approval by the Secretary and to address research with felines and non-human primates in addition to canines)

ORD Guidance on Canine Research Protocols (guidance)

December 18, 2017 (original); October 25, 2018 (revised)

AR2016-001

ORD-ORO Joint Guidance on Semi-annual Reviews of the ACUP (guidance)

September 23, 2016

AR2015-005

Drafting an MOU (template tool)

August 13, 2015 (original), March 28, 2018 (updated), May 29, 2018 (typos corrected)

AR2015-004

Criteria for NSM and NAM (guidance)

August 13, 2015

AR2015-003

Annual Continuing Review of Protocols (guidance)

August 11, 2015

AR2015-002

Mechanisms for Modifying Approved Protocols (flowchart)

March 12, 2015

AR2015-001

Departures Decision Tree (flowchart)

March 12, 2015

AR2014-001

What to Copy to the CVMO (guidance)

June 2, 2014

Animal care staff.

Animal care staff members should receive training appropriate for their responsibilities, and consistent with the training commitments in both the AAALAC Program Description and PHS Assurance. Some stations utilize the web coursework in item number 2 as part of the overall training program, but this is not a requirement in VA policy.


Guidance on Animal Research FOIA Requests

On January 30, 2013, VHA issued updated guidance to FOIA Officers (1.6 MB, PDF) on FOIA requests related to animal research. Please notify the CVMO's office immediately if your station receives such a request.


Animal Facility (Veterinary Medical Unit) renovation and construction design manuals

The VA Office of Construction & Facilities Management provides mandatory construction and renovation standards for VA animal facilities. The following design manuals that impact VA animal facilities are available in PDF format at http://www.cfm.va.gov/til/dManual.asp:

Some of the design manuals above reference sections in the 1993 Veterinary Medical Unit (VMU) VA Design Guide, which remains an important source of VA animal facility design criteria. This 1993 design guide is also available on the TIL Design Guides (PG-18-12), see section on "Veterinary Medical Unit"."

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