PROCUREMENT SPECIFICATION (CONTRACT CLAUSE). II. NONCONDITIONED RANDOM-SOURCE CATS.
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC INST OF LAB ANIMAL RESOURCES
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The procurement specification is the second of a series prepared by the Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources Subcommittee on Laboratory Animal Procurement Standards, and is designed to provide the biomedical community with uniform specifications for procuring laboratory cats. In many repsects the specification for nonconditioned random-source cats is similar to the one previously prepared for the nonconditioned random-source dog however, additions and changes have been made where it was appropriate to this species or to give clearer definition to the terms used in the first specification. The subcommittee recognizes a problem for research institutions, animal dealers, dog pounds, and owners of pets in positively determining that the animal in question is not a strayed pet. The members feel that the greatest assurance against a possible mistake is a system of positive identification of pets. Several national tattooing programs are currently being used for this purpose, and research groups are cooperating in the effort to return animals so identified. Limitations are placed on the laboratory use of the nonconditioned random-source cat because its environmental background is largely unknown. If this cat is to be used as received, its use is generally limited to those experiments in which the animal is not allowed to recover from anesthesia. A quarantine and conditioning period of from three to six weeks is required after receipt to utilize this type of cat in more involved studies. The obligation of the research facility to maintain minimum standards for humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of animals is also recognized.
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