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AAALAC Site Visit

All research, teaching and demonstration activities at Texas Tech that are associated with animals will be reviewed and evaluated by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care-International (AAALAC) July 22-24.

AAALAC is a private nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote the humane treatment of animals in science by evaluating and accrediting animal care and use programs. AAALAC conducts on-site peer reviews of member institutions such as Texas Tech, which has been fully accredited since 1998.

Texas Tech voluntarily undergoes comprehensive AAALAC reviews every three years for several reasons. First, Texas Tech is committed to ensuring that animals used in research, teaching or demonstration receive excellent care. In addition to institutional ethical commitments, providing excellent care to university animals results in high-quality research and teaching.

Next, Texas Tech must comply with numerous federal, state and local laws pertaining to animal care and use, including the Animal Welfare Act, and regulations, as well as the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Additionally, federal funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and many others value AAALAC accreditation because it provides assurance that Texas Tech conducts high-quality, ethical research, and that the university’s animal care and use program operates in accordance with prescribed guidelines and all local, state and federal laws.

AAALAC accreditation demonstrates that Texas Tech not only meets the minimum standards set forth by law, but that it goes above and beyond the standard to achieve excellence in animal care and use. Currently more than 800 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutions in 37 countries have earned AAALAC accreditation.

The AAALAC site visit team will conduct an in-depth review of the Texas Tech animal care and use program and inspect all animal facilities. If you would like additional information or have any questions, please contact the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee coordinator, Karin Fritz, at iacuc@ttu.edu or 806-742-3722 ext. 286.