The Ornithological Council and the American Society of Mammalogists developed a Model Wildlife Protocol form, designed specifically for wildlife research conducted either in the field or in captivity, in 2014. An August 2017 update incorporated important changes resulting from a Memorandum of Agreement between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) of the National Institutes of Health that calls for OLAW to oversee animal welfare compliance for NSF-funded research. To help IACUCs and researchers determine how the two animal welfare laws apply to wildlife research conducted in the U.S. (or outside the U.S. with funding from U.S. funding agencies), a comprehensive explanation that has been reviewed and approved by both OLAW and NSF has been incorporated.

Information on the availability of this resource has also been incorporated into the CITI Program Wildlife Research course.

The updated 2017 Model Wildlife Protocol form is available here.

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