Texas Tech Receives Full Accreditation from AAALAC
The Council on Accreditation of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) has granted the university full accreditation with no suggestions for improvements.
In a Nov. 18 letter to Texas Tech, AAALAC commended the university "for providing and maintaining an excellent program of laboratory and animal care and use." The review team also highlighted the university's strong institutional commitment, excellent Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee member training, the outstanding post-approval monitoring program and the comprehensive campus-wide veterinary care program.
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. 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.
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.