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UCSF AAALAC Accreditation Site Visit


Every year, UCSF strives to live up to the highest standards for the humane care and use of animals in research. In pursuit of this, UCSF encourages site visits from the private, nonprofit organization known as AAALAC.  AAALAC accreditation is voluntary and involves a comprehensive review by AAALAC evaluators, who are animal care and use professionals and researchers from around the globe.

A six-person site visit team representing AAALAC International conducted a four-day site visit of UCSF’s animal care and use program, concluding with an exit briefing on October 18. Over four days, they thoroughly examined UCSF campus animal facilities and research protocols, and met with lab members, animal care staff, management, safety professionals and many others supporting animal research. The AAALAC team was very impressed with everyone’s knowledge and obvious dedication to ensuring great animal welfare and laboratory safety practices.

The AAALAC Council has reviewed the findings from this site visit and has granted the UCSF Animal Care and Use Program CONTINUED FULL ACCREDITATION.

AAALAC's next site visit to UCSF will occur in the Fall of 2021. We look forward to their visit and hope to continue to meet and exceed AAALAC's standards for excellence in research, animal welfare, and animal care and use.

For further information about AAALAC International, please visit the AAALAC Website.


LARC Employee of the Month Program:


In January 2018, LARC initiated a new employee recognition program. The program recognizes and rewards outstanding individuals for performance and efforts for animal care and service to the research community. Employees should satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Provide outstanding customer service or quality of service.

  2. Excellent team member: Team member that exemplifies UCSF’s core Mission and PRIDE Standards.

  3. Contribute innovative ideas that improve LARC Operations

The program recognizes one LARC employee on a monthly basis. Any LARC staff member may nominate an employee for this award.