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ANIMALS (SCIENTIFIC PROCEDURES) ACT 1986

Code of Practice

FOR THE HOUSING AND CARE OF ANIMALS

USED IN SCIENTIFIC PROCEDURES

Presented pursuant to Act Eliz. Il 1986 C.14 Section 21
(Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986)
Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 7 February 1989 

Contents

PART 1

1. Introduction

Inspectors

Animals Procedures Committee

Codes of practice

The RS/UFAW guidelines

This code of practice

Application of code of practice

2. Housing and environment

The Animal house

Security

Animal rooms

Procedure rooms

Service and support facilities

Facilities for staff

Staffing

Training

The named veterinary surgeon

The Environment

Temperature

Relative humidity

Ventilation

Lighting

Windows

Noise

Special environments

Emergency alarms and stand-by systems

3. Animal care and health

Responsibility for animals

Sources of animals

Transport

Reception

Acclimitisation and quarantine

Care of animals

Animal accommodation

Bedding and nesting material

Food

Water

Water for aquaria

Exercise

Handling

Cleaning

Special considerations

Wild animals

Non-human primates

Arboreal monogamous monkeys

Arboreal polygamous monkeys

Semi-terrestrial polygamous/promiscuous cerpithecoids

Rats and mice

Hamsters and guinea-pigs

Rabbits

Ferrets

Cats

Dogs

Farm animals

Birds

Animal Health

Conventional animals

Pathogen-free animals

4. Humane killing of animals

Inhalation of carbon dioxide

Inhalation of volatile anaesthetic

Injection of anaesthetic agents

Exsanguination and perfusion-fixation

Dislocation of the neck

Concussion by striking the back of the animal's head

Decapitation

Special considerations for particular species

Farm animals

Fish

Amphibians and reptiles

Disposal of dead animals

Laboratory animals

Farm animals

PART 2

5. Tables based upon the RS/UFAW guidelines

Room temperature

Cage and pen dimensions for the housing of animals

Non-human primates

Small mammals

Farm animals

Birds

6. References  


Animal Procedures Section

Animals, Byelaws and Coroners Unit (ABCU)

Animals (Scientific Procedures) Inspectorate

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