In response to a request from the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), this study will review the care and use of dogs in research funded by or conducted at the VA. The study will evaluate whether dogs are, or will continue to be, necessary for any type of research directly related to the mission of the VA. It will also identify ethical standards and practices supporting the care, use, and welfare of dogs used in research. Additionally, the study will evaluate whether current practices at the VA conform to those identified during the course of this study and make recommendations for changes, should those be deemed necessary.

Funding for the study has been provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.