September 15, 2016

ASAS announces release of AG Guide agreement

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Sept. 15, 2016 – The following article is an ASAS press release regarding establishment of a joint committee to administer the AG Guide.

Champaign, Ill. (September 15, 2016) — The American Society of Animal Science is pleased to announce the creation of a joint committee to administer the “AG Guide” (known as the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching).

The joint committee consists of representatives from the American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA), the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), and the Poultry Science Association (PSA). The committee is known as the ADSA/ASAS/PSA Animal Care Committee (the “ACC”).

The ACC’s primary responsibility is to ensure that the AG Guide remains current, viable and recognized as the standard reference for the care of agricultural animals in research and teaching. The ACC will work collectively to identify needed revisions to the AG Guide.

As of January 1, 2016, ownership and control of the AG Guide was transferred from FASS (formerly the Federation of Animal Science Societies) to ASAS, ADSA, and PSA. At that time, the FASS Animal Care Committee was renamed the ADSA/ASAS/PSA Animal Care Committee (the “ACC”), and the FASS AG Guide was renamed the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching (the “AG Guide”).

Since the first edition in 1988, the AG Guide has remained the reference document of choice for meeting the management requirements of agricultural animals used in research and education.

“All three societies acknowledge the importance of the AG Guide as a vital resource for the proper care of animals used in agricultural research and teaching,” said Dr. Debra Aaron, ASAS Past President and ASAS AG Guide Chair.

“Under this new partnership, ADSA, ASAS, and PSA are committed to maintaining the AG Guide as the go-to reference for researchers and teachers in the animal sciences,” Dr. Aaron said. “Together, we will keep the AG Guide updated to meet the requirements of animals responsibly used in research and education.”

The Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching is available online, free of charge, as a PDF.

 

About American Society of Animal Science

The American Society of Animal Science fosters the discovery, sharing and application of scientific knowledge concerning the responsible use of animals to enhance human life and well-being. Our members work in agriculture because they love animals and believe feeding our families, friends, and communities is important. For more information visit www.asas.org.

 

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