IACUC Administrators Association Webinar: Stress vs. Distress vs. Pain



From IAA: A regulatory expectation is for principal investigators and IACUCs to minimize the pain and distress animals experience as part of research, teaching and/or testing activities. Since the animals are unable to tell “us” when they experience pain, stress and/or distress, regulatory expectations direct IACUC administrative community members to consider that “procedures that cause pain or distress in human beings may cause pain or distress in other animals” (US Government Principle IV). Although the application of this philosophy may be easily interpreted as it relates to painful situations, the same correlation may not be as obvious when evaluating circumstances that cause stress and/or distress.

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