DSI’s Animal Welfare Promise
We honor the contributions of research animals and are committed to treating them with respect. That commitment extends throughout our global organization and is fully integrated into our business. We uphold this ideal by promising to follow these principles:
Maintain a high standard of care for our research animals
We spend a great deal of time and effort ensuring our animals receive the best possible care. We strive to meet and exceed regulatory requirements, maintaining an internal Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, providing comprehensive training for DSI staff, and actively participating in numerous scientific meetings to share and gain knowledge about animal welfare best practices.
Provide resources to help researchers achieve high animal welfare standards
We want to empower researchers to meet and exceed animal welfare standards. Therefore, we offer training and services based on state-of-the-art, humane techniques to improve best practices and approaches to biomedical research.
Support the 3 Rs (Reduction, Refinement, Replacement)
We established our animal welfare standards with the 3 Rs in mind. We are committed to developing innovations and technology that enhance animal welfare and refine scientific methods. Telemetry has been shown to reduce the overall number of animals used in studies and minimize stress by monitoring conscious, freely moving animals.
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: http://www.aalas.org
American Veterinary Medical Association: http://www.avma.org
Americans for Medical Progress Educational Foundation: http://www.AMProgress.org
American Welfare Information Center: http://awic.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=3&tax_level=1
Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International: www.aaalac.org
Foundation for Biomedical Research: http://www.fbresearch.org
Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: www.nap.edu/books/0309053773/html/index.html
National Association for Biomedical Research: http://www.nabr.org/
National Institute of Health, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/olaw/
National Institute of Health Office of Science Education: http://science-education.nih.gov/
PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/phspol.htm
States United for Biomedical Research: www.statesforbiomed.org
Toxicology Education Foundation and Society of Toxicology:http://www.toxicology.org/publicoutreach/air/air.html
United States Dept. of Agriculture, Animal Care: www.aphis.usda.gov/ac
United States Food and Drug Administration: www.fda.gov