UT Health receives accreditation for humane treatment of animals in research

President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, has announced that UT Health San Antonio has been awarded full accreditation by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International.

AAALAC accreditation indicates excellence in the humane treatment of animals in research and a commitment to the contribution of animal research to science.

Dr. Henrich noted that the AAALAC Council on Accreditation, in a notice to Andrea Giuffrida, Ph.D., vice president for research, commended UT Health for achieving a quality animal care and use program.

The president thanked Dr. Giuffrida and the following individuals and  teams for this positive result:

Dr. Mark Nijland, Office of the Vice President for Research;

Dr. Sander Hacker and Mr. Jack Simons, Department of Laboratory Animal Resources;

Dr. Kimberly Summers, Office of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee;

Michael Black and Andrea Marks, Business Operations and Financial Affairs;

James Kazen, Facilities Management,

Dr. Michael Charlton, Environmental Health and Safety,

All research groups using the Long Campus vivaria while renovations occurred around them.

“I am grateful to each of these individuals and their team members for their work to ensure this successful accreditation,” Dr. Henrich said.

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