the guide

The Guide (NRC 2011)

The Eighth Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (NRC 2011) is available for download — click here to download a PDF of the Guide.*

*Please note that the 2011 Guide is copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Under this copyright agreement, individuals may download only a single copy for their personal use from the AAALAC International website.

AAALAC International relies on Three Primary Standards used by the Council to evaluate programs: the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (the Guide, NRC 2011); the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching (Ag Guide), American Dairy Science Association®, the American Society of Animal Science, and the Poultry Science Association 2020; and the European Convention for the Protection of Vertebrate Animals Used for Experimental and Other Scientific Purposes, Council of Europe (ETS 123). Please see our complete list of Reference Resources for more details....


The latest version of the Guide has been (or will be) translated into a number of different languages including...



Guide in Spanish Spanish

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Guide in Thai Thai

Thai readers may request a free hard copy from TALAS Secretariat, Dr. Wantanee Ratanasak, email:

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To order print copies of the Guide from The National Academies Press, click here.

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