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The University of Pittsburgh is an AAALAC accredited institution. AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.

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Guidance on Animal Experiments During COVID-19 Pandemic
All animal ordering is suspended, and experiments on animals that were not previously manipulated are not allowed. Personnel should only enter animal facilities to provide treatments of animals that were previously manipulated, collect essential data from previously-manipulated animals, and manage the minimal breeding of rodents required to maintain the integrity of strains.
New AVMA Guidelines for Rodent Euthanasia Using C02
The recently-released 2020 AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals specify a change in procedures for euthanizing rodents with carbon dioxide. The new Guidelines require a displacement rate of 30 to 70% of the chamber volume with carbon dioxide per minute (whereas the previous 2013 Guidelines specified a displacement rate of 10% to 30% of the chamber volume per minute).