This page is for UVa researchers whose research protocols require them to use animals and who wish to meet the information requirements of the Animal Welfare Act, which is a federally-mandated requirement. Federal animal welfare regulations require that an investigator performing procedures that are painful or distressful to an animal provide assurance that no alternatives exist to the painful procedure.
The USDA's Animal Care Policy Manual, Policy #12, "Written Narrative for Alternatives to Painful/Distressful Procedures" [June 21, 2000]:
"...the performance of a database search remains the most effective and efficient method for demonstrating compliance with the requirement to consider alternatives to painful/distressful procedures."
Items required by Policy #12 (for the "minimal written narrative"):
You have to know why the procedure is being performed and what the expected outcome is.
Click here for a list of databases.
The phrase "animal testing alternatives" is used as an indexing term by AGRICOLA, MEDLINE, and other databases but using the term alternative or alternatives as part of the strategy is not helpful.
If you need assistance in performing a literature search to find alternatives to animal research, contact Inhye Kim Son at 924-0057 or e-mail email@example.com.