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Anesthesia and Analgesia in Laboratory Animals

Surgical and other procedures that cause pain or discomfort in animals must be performed under general anesthesia. General anesthesia is also useful as a method of restraint for procedures that if performed without anesthesia would cause excessive stress for the animal and/or expose the human handler to potential hazards. In addition, because surgical and other invasive procedures can be expected to cause pain or discomfort beyond the duration of general anesthesia pain relief must be provided postoperatively.

Investigators are responsible for the assessment and management of all types of pain in their research animals and must include a pain management plan in their research protocols. Please contact an ARP veterinarian if you have questions or need additional information than what is provided in this website.