Save Time, Money, & Effort
By examining the literature, you may discover that other laboratories have already worked on certain parts of your research project, making running a duplicate experiment unnecessary. You may also discover alternative methods of animal care, animal treatment, or experimental design that require fewer or less expensive specimens. In short, conducting an extensive review of the literature can save you time and money while helping to improve your research results.
It's the Law!
The Animal Welfare Act requires the principal investigator to examine alternatives to potentially painful procedures. The USDA's Animal Care Policy Manual (maintained by the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) provides more in depth guidance as to how best to meet this requirement. Policy 12 in this guide specifically outlines the requirements for conducting and reporting the results of a comprehensive literature search. When documenting the literature search, researchers should include (at minimum) the names of databases searched, the dates when the search was performed, the time span of literature included in the search, and the specific search strategies used.
AUPs at Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University is committed to maintaining high standards for the care and use of animals in its research, testing, and teaching programs. Texas A&M has adopted the “U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research and Training,” and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws which impact the care and use of animals. Texas A&M investigators, teachers, staff, and students accept responsibility for determining that research, testing, and teaching involving the use of animals fulfill these principles, policies, and regulations. Texas A&M University's Division of Research, through the Office of Research Compliance and the Office of Biosafety, is responsible for providing training and support to faculty, students, and staff in regulatory requirements for research.