Caring for Animals

We get questions . . .

Can you bring some monkeys to our classroom?

No, safety, health and hygienic precautions (monkeys are not domesticated animals!), as well as our concern for protecting monkeys from undue stress, all make it impossible to bring monkeys to classrooms.

What animals can we have in the classroom and are there rules for keeping animals in the classroom?

There are answers that help address these questions on the following sites:
Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR)
ILAR, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences, developed this set of Principles and Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Precollege Education.

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)
The NABT position statement on The Use of Animals in Biology Education is available on its web site. The site also features links to on-line resources for biology educators.
NABT Position Statements
NABT Instructional Materials Links

National Science Teacher Association (NSTA)
The NSTA Guidelines for Responsible Use of Animals in the Classroom are accessible on this web site, along with an extensive Science and Math Links page.

Minnesota Chapter of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)
The Minnesota AALAS web site has a section on the Care of Classroom Pets. Information includes the national AALAS Recommended Guidelines for the Care and Use of Animals in Secondary School, general considerations about selecting a classroom pet, common classroom pet mistakes, and pet choice pros and cons.

What about dissection?

Discover practical ways to guide students through dissections, both virtual and real, in an OMSI workshop.

The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) website has great teacher directed resources.