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.

Additional Resources

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