The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine has received full accreditation from AAALAC – the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International – following a recent site visit. Auburn University’s College of Agriculture also received accreditation.
Dr. Pat Rynders, director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Health, and college staff were commended by AAALAC for providing and maintaining a quality program of laboratory animal care and use. In a letter to Dr. Rynders, AAALAC officials wrote: “Especially noteworthy were the strong administrative commitment to the program; the generally well written and comprehensive Program Description; the excellent veterinary medical care provided by the clinical veterinarians; the well maintained and clean facilities; the modernization and upgrades to several animal facilities; the conscientious, motivated and highly qualified staff, managers and program-level veterinarians; and the highly effective occupational health and safety 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 850 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutions in 36 countries have earned AAALAC accreditation. Some of the institutions that have earned AAALAC accreditation include the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the American Red Cross, and the National Institutes of Health.
Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine, which also complies with university, state, and federal regulations regarding animal research, has received continuous AAALAC accreditation since 2003.