A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) study has confirmed that the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) canine research is “scientifically necessary” for research that benefits Veterans. The independent committee assembled by NASEM determined the use of canines is necessary for VA research into spinal cord injury and heart disease and will need to continue in the future. The committee also found that current VA animal research programs are exceeding federal regulations and guidelines.
According to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, “This study confirms what we’ve said all along: at this point canine research is the only viable option for developing and testing certain treatments to improve the quality of life of some seriously disabled Veterans.”
The full VA press release can be read here: http://go.pardot.com/e/858023/ssrel-pressrelease-cfm-id-5480/4tcmn/22482629?h=nPUgs6KJvNRsM97wcIqO21depg9GS9754i9OeFhM9Cs. In the press release is a fantastic video link profiling VA research which led to the development of a device that allows paralyzed patients to breathe, cough and communicate better, leading to superior long-term outcomes for the patients.
You can also find the full committee report here: http://go.pardot.com/e/858023/department-of-veterans-affairs/4tcms/22482629?h=nPUgs6KJvNRsM97wcIqO21depg9GS9754i9OeFhM9Cs.
Posted on July 1, 2020