Animal Care Operations (ACO)

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:

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