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History: This publication is an administrative revision. The portions affected by this revision are listed in the summary of change.
Summary: This regulation, delineates the Secretary of the Army as the Department of Defense Executive Agent for Veterinary Services to develop and issue Service regulations to implement Department of Defense Directive 3216.1 . It creates uniform policies, procedures, and responsibilities among Department of Defense components involved in the use of animals outlined in this regulation. This regulation references pertinent Federal statutes and regulations and other standards related to the care and use of animals. It establishes policies regarding the care and use of animals, whether performed by Department of Defense personnel or contract or grant recipients.
Applicability: This regulation applies to the military departments, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the defense agencies (hereafter referred to collectively as "DOD components") that perform or sponsor activities using animals for research, education, training, or testing. This regulation is applicable during mobilization.
Proponent and Exception Authority: The proponent of this regulation is The Surgeon General. The proponent has the authority to approve exceptions or waivers to this regulation that are consistent with controlling laws and regulations. The proponent may delegate this approval authority, in writing, to a division chief within the proponent agency or a direct reporting unit or field operating agency of the proponent agency in the grade of colonel or the civilian equivalent. Activities may request a waiver to this regulation by providing justification that includes a full analysis of the expected benefits and must include formal review by the activity's senior legal officer. All waiver requests will be endorsed by the commander or senior leader of the requesting activity and forwarded through their higher headquarters to the policy proponent. Refer to AR 25-30 for specific guidance.
Army Management Control Process: This regulation contains management control provisions in accordance with Army regulation 11-2 , but does not identify key management controls that must be evaluated.
Supplementation: Supplementation of this regulation and establishment of command and local forms are prohibited without prior approval from The Surgeon General (DASG-ZA).
Suggested Improvements: Users are invited to send comments and suggested improvements on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) directly to The Surgeon General (DOD-VSA), 5109 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3258.
Committee Continuance Approval: The Department of the Army Committee Management Officer concurs with the establishment of institutional animal care and use committees.
Distribution: This publication is available in electronic media only and is intended for command levels B, C, D, and E for the Active Army, command level C for the Army National Guard of the United States, and command level D for the U.S. Army Reserve. Navy: SNDL. Air Force: F. DARPA: Special. USUHS: Special.