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Reference material provided on this page is available online or hard copies may be requested.  Please call 480-965-4387 to request a copy of any referenced material or you can contact the Attending Veterinarian or IACUC Chair for additional information regarding the care and use of animals in laboratory or field research investigations.

use of live amphibians and reptiles in field and laboratory research - 2004 guidelines

The second edition of these guidelines developed and approved by the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists includes discussion of research methods, restraint, handling, anesthesia, biological sampling, surgical procedures, marking and telemetry, euthanasia, housing and maintenance, and museum specimens. Available online at:

guidelines of the american society of mammologists for the use of wild mammals in research - 2016

General guidelines for use of wild mammal species are updated from the 2011 version approved by the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM). Included are details on capturing, marking, housing, trapping, and collecting mammals. These guidelines were prepared and approved by the ASM, whose collective expertise provides a broad and comprehensive understanding of the biology of nonndomesticated mammals in their natural environments.  Available online at:

use of wild birds in research - 2010 guidelines

The third edition of these guidelines developed and approved by the Ornithological Council includes discussion of regulations, impact of invesitgator presence, capture and marking, as well as major and minor manipulations . Available online at:

use of fishes in research - 2014 guidelines

Guidelines developed and endorsed by The American Fisheries Society, American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologist, and American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists to provide a structure that ensures appropriate attention to valid experimental design and procedures, while also ensuring humane treatment in the use of fishes as experimental subjects in field and laboratory research. Available online at:

euthanasia - 2013 avma guidelines

The guidelines are intended for use by members of the veterinary profession and individuals who carry out or oversee the euthanasia of animals. Although the guidelines may be interpreted and understood by a broad segment of the general population, a veterinarian should be consulted in the application of these recommendations. The AVMA's overriding commitment is to give guidance in relieving pain and suffering of animals that are to be euthanatized. The recommendations are intended to serve as guidance.  Professional judgment must be used in applying them to the various settings where animals are to be euthanatized. The report is available online at