Lab Animal Welfare
Historically, laboratory animal research has played a crucial role in the development of theory and research in virtually all sub-disciplines of psychology. Currently, knowledge gained through research with laboratory animals continues to provide answers to questions important to advancing the science of behavior and to improving the welfare of both humans and other animals.
Thus, APA has long been a strong advocate for the ethical and humane care and use of nonhuman animals in research. APA has and continues to support efforts to improve laboratory animal welfare through the implementation of policies and regulations that both maintain the integrity of the scientific research and sustain the welfare of such animals.
As is evident in both the "APA Ethical Principles for Psychologists and Code of Conduct and in the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in the Care and Use of Animals," developed by the APA Committee on Animal Research and Ethics (CARE), APA encourages researchers to use alternative procedures in order to avoid or reduce pain or stress to a lab animal, whenever possible.
Legislation, Regulations and Policies
Below is a brief listing of legislation and regulations that affect the conduct of research with laboratory animals.
Resources that provide additional guidance on various laboratory animal research issues:
- APA Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in the Care and Use of Nonhuman Animals in Research
- APA Guidelines for the Use of Nonhuman Animals in Behavioral Projects in Schools (K-12)
- ABS/ASAB Guidelines (PDF, 231KB)
- Guidelines for Neuroscience & Behavioral Research (NRC) (PDF, 5.45MB)
- Society for Neuroscience
- Animal Research: The Bigger Picture and Why we Need Psychologists to Speak Out
- APA Letter to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) Responding to Draft Position Statements Regarding Implementation of the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" (PDF, 185KB)
- Comments Submitted to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) Regarding the Eighth Edition of the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals”
- APA Resolution on Intelligent Design and Evolutionary Theory
- Laboratory Animals in Research and Teaching: Ethics, Care, and Methods (Edited Volume)
- APA Condemns Vandalism at University of Iowa Lab Facility
- Animal Research and Human Health: Advancing Human Welfare Through Behavioral Science (Edited Volume)
- CARE Video Series
- Research with Animals in Psychology (PDF, 1MB)
- Responding to Research Information Requests (PDF, 37KB)