Auburn University’s Colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine achieve accreditation for laboratory animal care

AUBURN – The Colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University have achieved accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International. The association is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.

“AAALAC International accreditation is considered the gold standard in independently evaluating animal programs across the globe,” said John Mason, Auburn University vice president for research. “The animal use programs in the two colleges were commended for providing quality and responsible care of laboratory and research animals reviewed during a comprehensive and rigorous week-long site visit by six independent program experts from across the United States.”

Of special note in the two accreditation reports were the institutional and college commitments to humane animal research; the creation of the new Office of the University Veterinarian; funding of an occupational health and safety program; and institutional animal care and use committee efforts in conjunction with the Office of Research Compliance.

The College of Agriculture achieved full accreditation on its first application this year. The College of Veterinary Medicine has maintained full accreditation since 2003. To date, more than 770 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutions in 29 countries have earned AAALAC accreditation, demonstrating their commitment to responsible animal care and use. These institutions volunteer to participate in AAALAC’s program, in addition to complying with the local, state and federal laws that regulate animal research.

Contact: Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)