April 15, 2007

Animal Care and Use Update

The organization that examines and accredits animal care and use programs around the world has given the UC Berkeley's animal care and use program another thumbs up, awarding it the prized accreditation it has maintained through five site visits since 1994. Three representatives of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, known as AAALAC, visited the campus on October 2 and 3 last year, touring every animal facility on campus, reviewing many animal care and use records and visiting many faculty laboratories. The team’s comments were uniformly positive, and their recommendation for full accreditation was approved by the AAALAC Council on Accreditation. In a March 21 letter to UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Research Beth Burnside, Dale G. Martin, president of the Council on Accreditation, wrote, “The Council commends you and your staff for providing and maintaining an exemplary program of laboratory animal care and use.”

For more details see the ACUC web site or the April 4 article on the accreditation in the campus Berkeleyan, “Campus animal-care program earns three-year accreditation.”