Animal Care Operations provides professional veterinary medical, husbandry and proposal review services to support animals used in biomedical research. The Animal Care program at the University of Houston has been accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, AAALAC International, since February 1986. The accreditation process provides continuing voluntary peer review of the Animal Care Operations program by internationally recognized experts.
The Animal Care Operations program is registered as a research facility with the United States Department of Agriculture under the Animal Welfare Act. The care and use of animals used for research at the Animal Care Operations program is based on national guidelines and Federal Regulations, including:
- The U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research and Training (PDF)
- The USDA implementing regulations, 9CFR, of the Animal Welfare Act
- U.S. Public Health Service Policy Assurance for the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PDF) negotiated with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, OLAW
- The Guide (PDF) for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the University of Houston IACUC Guidelines for the Care and Use of Live Vertebrate Animals
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