Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.78
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Virginia Tech
IN-23: Laboratory Animal Welfare

Status Score Responsible Party
n/a 0.00 / Dennis Cochrane
Director, Office of Sustainability
Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure and Facilities

This credit was marked as Not Applicable for the following reason:

An article was released by the VT News in January of 2021 which celebrated Virginia Tech's Animal Care and Use Division earning full accreditation. The Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) has awarded Virginia Tech’s animal care and use program continued full accreditation after an onsite triennial visit.

Led by Virginia Tech’s Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation David Schabdach, the Virginia Tech animal care and use program hosted members of the AAALAC’s accreditation team for a comprehensive assessment of animal research and teaching activities conducted under Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approved protocols.

The AAALAC site visit team evaluated and assessed Virginia Tech campuses in Blacksburg, Roanoke, and Leesburg that house the Virginia–Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Science, and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute animal care facilities as well as investigator-managed areas.

Virginia Tech has been AAALAC-accredited for the past consecutive 12 years through a voluntary, performance-based, peer-reviewed process. After an institution earns accreditation, it must be re-evaluated every three years in order to maintain its accredited status. Accreditation for Virginia Tech has historically been limited to areas of the program associated with animal based research and teaching activities conducted within the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia, and the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia.

The full article can be found at this link: https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2021/01/research-animal-care-use-accreditation.html?utm_source=cmpgn_news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=vtUnirelNewsDailyCMP_010821-fs

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