System: UH Recommended, Fully Accredited Laboratory Animal Care

University of Hawaii


The University of Hawaii again received full accreditation from the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International in June 2022, recognizing UH as a premier research institution which puts the care and use of animals used in its research and teaching as a priority.

The AAALAC report, covering a recent on-site visit to the John A. Burns School of Medicine at UH Mānoa and the UH Cancer Center, commends UH for providing and maintaining excellent animal care and use of laboratory. The report found particularly noteworthy: UH’s well-trained and dedicated animal care and veterinary staff; the committed and knowledgeable Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); the positive and supportive relationship between animal care staff, veterinary staff and research teams; and the effective and thorough veterinary staff training program for research staff.

“I have been extremely pleased with AAALAC’s praise of our veterinary and IACUC teams for providing and maintaining a high quality laboratory animal care and use program at UH,” said Victoria Rivera, Director of the Office of Research Compliance. “The pursuit of our accreditation validates the hard work and dedication put forth by both teams to meet AAALAC’s rigorous criteria.”

In addition to assuring the public that research animals at UH receive the utmost care while contributing to experimental research and education, accreditation allows UH to consistently employ best practices. evolution to continually evaluate and improve the program.

Other institutions that have also achieved AAALAC accreditation include the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Red Cross, and the National Institutes of Health.


AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. More than 1,050 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutes in 50 countries/regions have achieved AAALAC accreditation, demonstrating their commitment to responsible animal care and use. These institutions volunteer to participate in the AAALAC program, in addition to complying with local, state, and federal laws that regulate animal research.

About UH Research

Research conducted by the University of Hawaii impacts the quality of life on the islands and around the world. As the state’s leading research university and due to Hawaii’s tremendous geographic diversity, UH plays a leading role in the state’s economic growth and development through its diverse research programs and world-renowned innovation in astronomy, earth and ocean sciences, medicine and tropical agriculture.

Benjamin M. Yerger