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Research Dealers and Research Labs in the U.S: Finding America's legitimate research dealers and research labs is not difficult. Simply 1) contact your local Federal offices and ask how to get a copy of the latest Federal Register of Research Dealers and Research Laboratories using animals in research, or 2) contact your local Federal library depository and ask for information on the current Federal Register of research dealers and research labs. Below is the website address (URL) of the Government Printing Office libraries which takes you to a map of all states (currently undergoing upgrade). To find your local office(s), click on the map of your state, or scroll  to view library pdf files:


The Federal Register (which you get via your Federal offices phone call) will list all currently-licensed Research Dealers and Research Laboratories which conduct research on animals in your state as well as all other states. On this list you will find some surprises. For example, individuals in your state may be listed as Research Dealers as may some of your local well-known purebred kennels or catteries. Government pounds should be listed, since they are required by Federal law to surrender pets for research when requested. In certain areas, you may learn that some veterinarians are also listed as Dealers.

Link to Office of Animal Welfare:

Visit the following nih webpage for information on noninvasive bioimaging research technique(s):

ILAR Journal Volume 49(1): Noninvasive Bioimaging of Laboratory Animals at http://dels.nas.edu/ilar_n/ilarjournal/journal.shtml

"Posted: December 21, 2007
The imaging modalities available for use with laboratory animals provide a means to explore the molecular mechanism of several diseases, minimize many of the limitations of static tissue-based techniques, and, most importantly, decrease the numbers of animals required. In fact, depending on the application, it is possible to reduce the number of animals required per study by as much as 80% to 90%. This feature is noteworthy because, perhaps unique to the ILAR Journal, there is an intentional effort to publish reviews that include considerations specifically relevant to animal care and use."

Click here for an NIH document on animal activists (current as of Feb. 2008):

"December 20, 2006
A new Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) is now posted on the OLAW website at:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/faqs.htm#instresp_8. This FAQ provides guidance on the roles of the Institutional Official and the IACUC in developing plans to diminish the likelihood that their institution or its employees will become targets of animal activists.

Institutions are encouraged to review OLAW FAQs and make use of this resource. As necessary OLAW will update the site with new FAQs."

And you might also visit these NIH links regarding animal care investigators:

"Brochure Targets Investigators

June 19, 2006
OLAW has created a brochure intended to communicate to investigators their responsibilities under PHS Grants Policy and PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. What Investigators Need to Know About the Use of Animals provides a succinct resource for investigators to quickly grasp the main expectations and requirements when using animals in research supported by the PHS. The brochure may be accessed as a PDF at
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/InvestigatorsNeed2Know.pdf (PDF - 4 MB) or in Word at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/InvestigatorsNeed2Know.doc (MS Word - 47 KB). OLAW will provide institutions with enough copies to disseminate to all of their investigators that work with animals. Send requests, along with the number of copies needed, to olaw@od.nih.gov, and please be sure to provide your complete mailing address."

Note: For help accessing PDF, RTF, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint or RealPlayer files, see Help Downloading Files.

For more information, continue through this website documentation, and visit the NIH website: http://nih.gov/

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