Penn State’s Animal Care and Use Program Fully Re-accredited


Office for Research Protections     |     Institutional Animal and Care Use Committee (IACUC) 

Penn State’s Animal Care and Use Program has been fully re-accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). AAALAC promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through a voluntary accreditation program through which “research programs demonstrate that they not only meet the minimums required by law, but are going the extra step to achieve excellence in animal care.” Accreditation is a rigorous process involving a thorough internal review and completion of a comprehensive program overview by the institution, followed by an on-site assessment by members of AAALAC's Council on Accreditation.  

In their letter of accreditation, AAALAC praised Penn State for "providing and maintaining an excellent program of laboratory animal care and use."  Penn State's veterinarians and knowledgeable farm managers were also commended.  Program director Jeremy DeRicco added, "We are extremely pleased to maintain our full accreditation with AAALAC and proud of the high-level of facilities, care, and research at Penn State. I am grateful to everyone who contributes to the success of our program, not just at accreditation time, but every day."

Penn State has been fully accredited by AAALAC since 2001.