Animal Care and Use

Acquisition Policy for Dogs and Cats Participating in Research

Approved and Adopted: 1995
Last Reviewed: March 2024

IACUC Policy

All dogs and cats purchased or acquired for research, teaching, or testing at Washington University in St. Louis must be purchased from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) licensed Class A dealers.


  1. Animal Welfare Act. 7 U.S.C.2131 et.seq. 9 CFR, Chapter 1, Subchapter A—Animal Welfare, Subpart E identification of Animals Section 2.5
  2. The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: 8th Edition. (Guide). National Research Council. 2011