PULLMAN — For the third consecutive time, Washington State University has received full accreditation from AAALAC International, a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through educational programs. voluntary accreditation and evaluation.
AAALAC commended WSU for several areas of excellence, including the strong institutional support evident in part by centralizing animal facilities under the Office of the Campus Veterinarian (OCV). The transition to centralization of animal facility management at WSU began in 2018 and was completed in 2020. The transition established a cost-effective, service-oriented program to meet the needs of the animal research community and provide centralized support to the entire university system under the direction of Nina Woodford, attending veterinarian and director of the OCV.
Additionally, AAALAC highlighted upgrades to the university’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, as well as renovations to the Murdoch Aquatics Phenomics Center.
The AAALAC has also recognized that veterinary personnel and personnel who serve on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), a self-regulating oversight committee required by institutions and research laboratories that use animals for teaching, research or testing, were knowledgeable and knowledgeable. to provide the highest level of humane animal care. The IACUC reviews WSU research and teaching protocols that involve living vertebrate animals.
WSU receives an AAALAC program review and site visit every three years to ensure the animal care and use program meets the highest standards. This is the third consecutive full accreditation for WSU.
In total, more than 1,040 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutes in 50 countries have achieved AAALAC accreditation, demonstrating their commitment to responsible animal care and use.