AAALACi 2021 Site Visit Information Page

AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment. Through the accreditation process, research programs demonstrate to AAALACi that they meet the minimum standards required by law, and are also going the extra step to achieve excellence in animal care and use. Penn State’s accreditation indicates to the scientific community that the University is committed to quality, good science, accountability, and continuous improvement.

Triennial site visits are required to maintain accreditation and the next site visit for the University Park’s animal care and use program is scheduled for the summer of 2021. This visit is a comprehensive on-site assessment to ensure the quality of our animal care and use program (policies, animal housing and management, veterinary care, and facilities). The site visit will be completed by members of AAALACi’s Council of Accreditation which is comprised of some of the best animal care and use professionals. The 2021 site visit will likely contain a hybrid of both virtual and in-person evaluations.

This page is designed to provide information and resources to help you prepare for the upcoming site visit, as well as outline your role during the visit. Please be sure to check back regularly, as we will continue to update with important dates, information, and presentations. If you have any additional questions, please contact The Office for Research Protections at 814-865-1775 or


Virtual Education Sessions

To assist you in preparing for the upcoming AAALAC site visit, we will be holding virtual information sessions on the following dates. Registration is required prior to the event. Please register for one of these sessions here.

For Laboratory Animal users: 

  • Tuesday, May 11, from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (Register Here)
  • Wednesday, May 12, from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (Register Here)
  • Monday, May 17, from 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (Register Here )


Agriculture, Fish, Amphibian, Reptile, Cephalopod, and Wildlife users:  

  • Watch recording here 
  • Wednesday, May 12, from  9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (Register Here
  • Tuesday, May 18, from  1 p.m-2 p.m. (Register Here)


Important Dates

  • Site Visit Date:  June 28th – July 1st 2021
  • Exit Review date: TBD


Additional Preparation Materials