Accreditation for Use of Animals
in Research & Teaching
Within the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specialized accreditation for animal use and research is sought by such units as the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The accreditation review of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is conducted by theAssociation for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC).
AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. AAALAC works with institutions and researchers to serve as a bridge between progress and animal well-being. AAALAC is the ONLY animal care accreditation body that is world-wide.
The accreditation process is a communication-intensive program of evaluation and support, stressing application of performance standards and professional judgment rather than inspection and enforcement of engineering standards. The AALAC “standard” is based on internationally recognized standards, subject to collective professional judgement of experts, and is applied through in-depth peer review process. There are many benefits to AALAC accreditation, some of which include:
- harmonization of standards used allows for comparison in effeciency of ethical and animal welfare management,
- incites to adopt high standards and helps to raise the global benchmark for animal well-being in science,
- conveys a high level of professionalism to the scientific community,
- and, AAALAC accreditation is recognized by funding sources and research partners.
AAALAC International is where science and responsible animal care connect.
CALS received AAALAC full accreditation for its animal care program and facilities in March of 2010 with no suggestions for improvement. The fact that the organization offered no suggestions for improvement is a testimony to the dedication of the CALS team responsible for preparing for the review.
AAALAC accreditation places CALS among the top tier of agricultural and life science colleges with respect to standards of animal care. Only 14 agricultural colleges from among U.S. land-grant universities are AAALAC accredited. This assures continued animal research credibility with funding sources and the general public and is a sign of the high level of competence and performance of the research enterprise.
Current CALS accreditation status: Full Accreditation
AALAC Site Visit for CALS: October 2012
Next AALAC Accreditation Decision for CALS: March 2013