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Research Animal Management Branch

The Research Animal Medicine Branch (RAMB) is responsible for directing the program of laboratory animal care and use for NICHD's Division of Intramural Research (DIR). The branch provides primary veterinary care; advises the NICHD Scientific Director on animal care and use practices; assures that animal use within DIR is in accordance with applicable regulatory standards; and coordinates DIR animal use, including appropriate animal model selection, support requirements, and Animal Study Proposal review.

RAMB also advises scientific staff on comparative medicine, Animal Study Proposal design, disease interference, and on other factors that may complicate or invalidate research results; implements and coordinates animal health monitoring; coordinates quarantine for incoming animals of unknown health status to prevent the introduction of agents pathogenic to humans or animals; coordinates a central ordering program for NICHD; provides administrative management of the NICHD Animal Care and Use Committee; and interfaces with organizations and institutions concerned with the ethical and humane care and use of animals in research.


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