Here is an example of a contract for the division of labour and responsibility between an animal facility and research group. It should be adapted to suit the needs of each study:
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The PREPARE guidelines, and the two-page checklist for planning animal experiments should be used together with reporting guidelines such as ARRIVE or GSPC to ensure that important topics have not been omitted.
The role of the contract is to help ensure that no items are forgotten. Not all items will be relevant, nor will they all be equally important in all studies. This will depend upon the research area, the species to be used and the location (e.g. laboratory or field experiments).
Note that in many cases it is equally important to record the degree, time and duration of the procedure (e.g. fasting), as its occurrence.
This process of dividing labour and responsibilities will also help to identify any extra costs which the project may entail. The division of these costs may need to be the subject of a separate discussion.
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