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JAOCD Statement of Human and Animal Rights
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All material published in the JAOCD must adhere to high ethical standards concerning animal welfare. Manuscripts will be considered for publication only if the work detailed therein:

  • Follows international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for humane animal treatment and complies with relevant legislation. Specifically, experiments and clinical trials should be carried out in accordance with the Guidelines laid down by the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the USA regarding the care and use of animals for experimental procedures or with the European Communities Council Directive of 24 November 1986 (86/609/EEC) and in accordance with local laws and regulations;
  • Has been approved by the ethics review committee at the institution or practice at which the studies were conducted where such a committee exists;
  • For studies using client-owned animals, demonstrates a high standard (best practice) of veterinary care and involves informed client consent;
  • Meets all additional ethical standards set by the JAOCD, as follows:
    • When experimental or client-owned animals are used the material and methods section must clearly indicate that adequate measures were taken to minimize pain or discomfort.
    • For experiments using animals, authors should specify in cover letter that legal and ethical requirements have been met with regards to the humane treatment of animals described in the study.

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