AAALAC International grants Full Accreditation Status to Hutchinson Center

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Saturday 08/01/2009

The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) granted "full accreditation" status to the Center following its recent triennial site visit to Animal Health Resources and the IACUC office.  AAALAC commended the Center for providing and maintaining an "exemplary program of laboratory animal care and use".  Many aspects of the animal care program were considered noteworthy, including the quality of veterinary medicine and animal husbandry, the clean and well sanitized housing facilities, the record keeping systems, the effective IACUC, the involved environmental health and safety department, and the clear evidence of strong support from the administration in helping to make possible the excellent equipment and staff. 

AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the safe, humane and responsible care and use of animals through voluntary accreditation programs. It provides advice and independent assessments to participating institutions and accredits those that meet or exceed applicable standards. AAALAC uses science-based standards, regulations and guidelines with the peer-review process to establish standards for accreditation. More than 770 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutions in 29 countries have earned AAALAC accreditation. Animal Health Resources has been continually accredited since 1979, in addition to complying with all local, state and federal laws that regulate animal welfare and biomedical research.