UH recommended, fully accredited laboratory animal care

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—in recognition uh as a leading research institution that places the care and use of animals used in its research and teaching as a top priority.

The AAALAC report, covering a recent on-site visit to uh John of Manoa A. Burns School of Medicine and the uh Cancer Center, Congratulations uh to provide and maintain excellent care and use of laboratory animals. The report found particularly noteworthy: uhits 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 was extremely satisfied with AAALACpraise from our veterinarian and IACUC teams to provide and maintain a high quality program of laboratory animal care and use at uhsaid the Director of the Office of Research Compliance victoria rivera. “The pursuit of our accreditation validates the hard work and dedication put forward by both teams to meet AAALACstrict 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 use evolving best practices to continually evaluate and improve the program.

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

Benjamin M. Yerger