B Dealers and NIH

House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees have again expressed disappointment with the pace of efforts by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to end the purchase of dogs and cats from random source Class B dealers by its external grant recipients.

The full Senate appropriations committee stated that the three- to four-year time frame NIH has set for this phase out was "longer than the committee would have preferred, especially considering that the NIH largely ignored this issue for years."

NIH has been asked to update Congress on its progress in meeting this goal.