Animal Welfare

Tour an Animal Research Facility

Video courtesy of Americans for Medical Progress

Institutions Working With Animals are Strictly Controlled

Laboratory facilities containing animals must meet strict federal, state and local requirements. Federal regulators routinely inspect laboratories to ensure that animals are adequately housed and cared for. Additionally, many laboratories submit to additional voluntary inspection for accreditation through the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC).

Further, each institution must establish an animal care and use committee that includes an outside member of the public and a veterinarian. This committee oversees, inspects and monitors every potential study to ensure optimal animal care. The scientific community advocates the highest quality of animal care and treatment for two key reasons. First, working with animals in research is a privilege, and those animals helping us unlock the mysteries of disease deserve our respect and compassion. Second, only healthy animals are reliable models for the study of disease.

Click here to read more about the Animal Welfare Act and its strict guidelines concerning research facilities working with animals.