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Georgia Regents University Shifting Its Animal Research Policy

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Georgia Regents University (GRU) officials say they're changing the way they gather animals for research purposes.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has prohibited funding projects that use animals purchased from Class B vendors - which are allowed to gather animals from shelters and random sources.

The Humane Society of the United States said in November that the school had been buying dogs to test human dental implants from Class B dealers. Animal welfare activists have said dogs in the program had teeth pulled and replaced before being euthanized.

University officials have said the testing program was regularly reviewed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the university adheres to local, state and federal guidelines.

GRU officials say the school will use Class A dealers, who gather animals from private sources.

Read the text of a statement GRU issued below:

In December, the National Institutes of Health issued a new notice on the use of Class B dogs in research. The notice states that NIH funds cannot be used to purchase animals from Class B dealers after October 1, 2014, and that Class A vendors or other legal sources must be used. In advance of this policy implementation, GRU has advised those research faculty holding IACUC approval for the use of dogs to begin using Class A vendors. For more on the NIH notice, click here.

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