APPENDIX 4C Animal Health Assurance

  1. John Donovan1,
  2. Patricia Brown2

Published Online: 1 FEB 2002

DOI: 10.1002/0471142301.nsa04cs17

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

How to Cite

Donovan, J. and Brown, P. 2002. Animal Health Assurance. Current Protocols in Neuroscience. 17:4C:A.4C.1–A.4C.3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    BioResources Consulting, Wayne, Pennsylvania

  2. 2

    Office of Animal Care and Use, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2002
  2. Published Print: OCT 2001


A program to assure the health of laboratory animals and to provide a stable environment for their maintenance is necessary to reduce unwanted variables or complicating factors in experimentation. To assure animal health throughout a research study, the animals involved should be procured in good health, monitored for continued health status, and protected from pathogenic organisms through testing of any biological materials. This unit addresses all three of these health management practices. Essential in support of these practices is a diagnostic laboratory capable of testing for rodent and rabbit pathogens.