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CVM Receives AAALAC Commendation, Accreditation

The College of Veterinary Medicine has received commendation and full accreditation from AAALAC—the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care—following a recent site visit.

In a letter to Dr. Rick Fish, director of the CVM Laboratory Animal Resources unit, Dr. John Bradfield, president of the AAALAC Council on Accreditation, wrote: “Especially noteworthy were the highly trained and dedicated staff of veterinarians, veterinarian technicians, students, and caretakers; the excellent environmental enrichment program for all mammals; an outstanding veterinary medical care program for identification of potential animal health issues and their treatment; and the exceptional sanitation program. . .”

AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. More than 770 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies, and other research institutions in 31 countries have earned AAALAC accreditation. Some of the institutions that have earned accreditation include the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The American Red Cross, and the National Institutes of Health.

The CVM, which also complies with all university, state, and federal regulations regarding animal research, has received continuous AAALAC accreditation since 1987.

Posted July 15, 2009