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K-State Today

November 20, 2014

K-State animal care and use program accredited

Submitted by Diana McElwain

The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International Council on Accreditation has awarded continued full accreditation to Kansas State University's laboratory animal care and use program in correspondence dated Oct 31.

The association is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals to advance medicine and science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs and is internationally recognized as the gold standard for responsible, humane and ethical laboratory animal care and use, and compliance with local, state, and federal laws that regulate the use of animals in research and teaching. In its notification letter, the association's Council for Accreditation identified a number of noteworthy aspects of the university's animal care and use program.

K-State is part of an elite group of more than 900 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutions in 39 countries that have earned the accreditation.

The accreditation demonstrates the university's commitment to both advancing medical/scientific progress and animal well-being by exceeding the minimum animal welfare standards required by law and going the extra step to achieve excellence in animal care and use.