Lab Animals Study Materials

Websites are the best sources of up-to-date information on the rules and regulations governing the management and care of laboratory animals. In addition to the sites listed below, many university websites have excellent resources and links for animal use and care.


Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. “The Guide” can be viewed free online (one chapter at a time) or purchased from the National Academy Press at The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals provides a framework for the judgments required in the management of animal facilities. Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care. AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. The AAALAC site also has links to valuable reference resources for laboratory animal care and use programs:

The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals also can be downloaded from the AAALAC site: Subscribe to ALN Magazine. The ALN website has handy tabs with links for facility design, equipment, biocontainment, training, regulations, and tips. For example, the regulations tab has summaries of recent changes in regulations governing the use of lab animals. Animal Welfare Act information. The USDA site has a link to the Animal Welfare Act (pdf file) which can be searched for specific information.

The Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching (FASS Ag Guide), 3rd ed., 2010, can be accessed at