AAALAC awards full accreditation to U of M

November 9, 2012

Animals in research, Practice

Following a site visit in June 2012, the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) renewed the University of Minnesota’s full accreditation status. This significant achievement recognizes the efforts and dedication of faculty and staff from across the university.

The Council on Accreditation commended the university for providing and maintaining a high-quality program of laboratory animal care and use. Specific elements that were recognized include:

Solid leadership of the animal care and use program by the institutional veterinarian, chair and vice chairs of the IACUC; staff of the IACUC office; and the institutional official, who ensured strong, high-level administrative support

Clean and orderly animal housing facilities and use areas, particularly the facilities maintained by Research Animal Resources staff

Outstanding veterinary care provided by RAR veterinarians and veterinary technicians

An effective faculty liaison program within the IACUC office, which serves to educate the scientific staff and act as a conduit of information between the research staff and the IACUC

A post-approval monitoring program that played an integral role in elevating the quality of animal care and use

Innovative and highly effective environmental enrichment programs

AAALAC is a nonprofit, nonfederal, voluntary organization that reviews animal care and use programs for adherence to published standards, using the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals as the primary basis for its evaluations.

In addition to academic institutions, the AAALAC accreditation program evaluates hospitals, government agencies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and other types of research organizations that use animal in research, teaching or testing. Those that exhibit excellence in animal care and use are awarded accreditation.

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