The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the Office of Research and Development (ORD) of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has extended its commitment to reduce future research on canines by initiating a rapid, in-depth internal review of existing canine research projects. An external group will review these recommendations and provide VA with guiding principles for future canine research to assure benefits to Veterans. Of the thousands of VA research projects, fewer than 15 currently involve canines. VA is now reviewing existing studies using canines to determine whether the use of canines in these studies should be phased out early.
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