CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has been awarded full accreditation for the care and facilities of its animal research and teaching programs by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International.
AAALAC accreditation is recognized internationally as the “gold standard” for animal care and use programs, OSU officials say.
“Our participation in the rigorous AAALAC accreditation process demonstrates our commitment to humane and responsible animal use in research, instruction and testing, as well as dedication to excellent science,” said Rick Spinrad, OSU’s vice president for research.
OSU becomes just the 20th land grant institution with complete institutional accreditation. The comprehensive overview and site evaluation by the association accreditation team included facilities and processes of the university’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Experiment Station, College of Veterinary Medicine, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Hatchery Research Center, and the entire campus animal research endeavor.
There are 854 accredited institutions or units worldwide; of these, OSU is among the 60 largest.