UTMB animal research accredited by international program
GALVESTON — The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International has officially notified the University of Texas Medical Branch that it continues to merit full accreditation. UTMB has been continuously accredited since 1995.
AAALAC accreditation is considered the international gold standard certifying commitment to responsible and humane treatment of animals involved in research endeavors. Earning AAALAC accreditation is a rigorous process that involves a detailed examination of an organization's institutional policies, procedures and performance regarding animal care and use in the areas of research, testing and teaching.
“The AAALAC accreditation is a mark of distinction and an exceptional accomplishment that demonstrates UTMB is committed to the highest standards in laboratory animal research,” said Cary W. Cooper, UTMB interim executive vice president and provost.
Teams of professionals evaluated UTMB’s comprehensive written program description and conducted a site visit that analyzed institutional performance in animal husbandry, veterinary care, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees, physical plant, occupational health and safety, and other areas. Accreditation confirms that the UTMB program of animal care and use is above reproach, ethical in its use of animals, compassionate toward animals being used, and provides a strong and secure foundation for cutting-edge research.
The AAALAC site visitors rated the animal care and use program as “extraordinary.”
For more information on AAALAC International, visit www.AAALAC.org.