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The American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care

JAMA. 1969;207(9):1707. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03150220123019.
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Physicians and allied scientists should be aware of an organization established in 1965 for the purpose of offering, on a voluntary basis, inspection and, when appropriate, accreditation of laboratory animal care facilities throughout the country. This young agency with the impossible name (contracted to AAALAC) is doing a demonstrably possible job. It receives applications for accreditation from medical, dental, and veterinary schools; universities and colleges; hospitals; governmental agencies; pharmaceutical and biological laboratories; and other institutions that utilize experimental animals. The applicant facility is visited by two experienced veterinarians from the Council on Accreditation of AAALAC. Using the Guide for Animal Facilities and Care, prepared by the Animal Care Panel, the inspectors carefully evaluate the facility in terms of cleanliness, sanitation, ventilation, light, roominess of cages, detection and treatment of disease, preexperimental and postexperimental care, humane handling, and other factors pertinent to the health and welfare of our four-footed allies (some,


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