Restraint (limitation of movement) of animals used for research purposes must be carefully described in an animal care and use protocol and approved by the IACUC. Justification for the use and duration of restraint, and plans for acclimation and monitoring of restrained animals must be included in the description. Restraint for greater than 12 hours will require robust justification and will receive additional scrutiny by the IACUC.
Any person using a procedure that limits animal movement must be trained by an experienced individual, and training must be clearly documented.
The guidance document associated with this policy provides detailed information regarding personnel training and species-specific considerations for using physical restraint.
- Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching, 3rd ed. 2010.
- Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 8th ed. 2011
- Guidelines for the Care and Use of Mammals in Neuroscience and Behavioral Research, 2003