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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 the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (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.

This extensive assessment evaluates the quality of all aspects of the UCSF animal care and use program, with a focus on the basic components of institutional policy, animal husbandry, veterinary care and the facilities where animals are housed and used. The on-site evaluation by an AAALAC team includes observations of virtually all animal housing and procedure areas as well as an extensive review of UCSF program reports and procedures.

Voluntary participation in AAALAC’s program demonstrates UCSF’s commitment to achieving excellence in animal care and use, validating the results of research, and complying with the local, state and federal laws that regulate animal research.

AAALAC’s next site visit to UCSF will occur in the Fall of 2018. 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.

In preparation for this site visit, IACUC, LARC and EHS are convening Town Hall Meetings to update you on the issues AAALC will cover. For information on Town Hall dates and locations please see the AAALAC tab on the IACUC website.

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.