David H. Murdock Research Institute

DHMRI CLAS Earns Continued Full AAALACi Accreditation

January 11, 2018

The David H. Murdock Research Institute’s (DHMRI) Center for Laboratory Animal Sciences (CLAS) kicked off 2018 with continued full accreditation from the AAALAC International Council on Accreditation.

AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. The triennial accreditation includes a thorough assessment of policies, protocols, management, veterinary care and facilities to ensure that organizations exceed the standards set by federal and state laws for the use and care of animals.

“Our success is due to our amazing staff,” said CLAS Director Glicerio Ignacio, MA, DVM, DACLAM. “They make it possible for us to always go the extra mile to maintain our accreditation and to do things to a higher standard than the AAALAC International standards set forth in their Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.”

The AAALAC International Council on Accreditation commended DHMRI’s CLAS facility for “providing and maintaining an exemplary program of laboratory animal care and use. Especially noteworthy were the well maintained physical plant; the high level of sanitation; the excellent rodent environmental enrichment program; the detailed identification at cage level for special diets, special water, breeding cages, weaning, and animal health concerns; and the thorough review of animal use protocols by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).”

DHMRI is one of over 980 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutions in 44 countries that have earned AAALAC accreditation, including Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The American Red Cross, and the National Institutes of Health.

For more information about CLAS, contact DHMRI Chief Operating Officer Steven D. Colman, PhD, at scolman@dhmri.org.

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