(Dec. 13, 2010)--The University of Texas at San Antonio has received full accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International, a nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in scientific research. More than 800 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and research institutions in 33 countries are AAALAC-accredited including the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, American Red Cross and National Institutes of Health.
"AAALAC accreditation is the gold standard for animal research facilities," said Robert Gracy, UTSA vice president for research. "Our Laboratory Animal Resources Center has worked diligently for three years to earn this accreditation. It is a mark of distinction and an exceptional accomplishment that demonstrates UTSA is committed to the highest standards in animal research."
Led by university veterinarian Marcel Perret-Gentil, D.V.M., M.S., the UTSA Laboratory Animal Resources Center (LARC) oversees the care and use of UTSA research animals such as rodents, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Additionally, LARC serves as a facilitator for the UTSA Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), a federally mandated and internal regulatory body that includes individuals affiliated with UTSA and representatives of the general public. The IACUC regularly reviews the entire UTSA animal care program to ensure that the use of animals is justified, the number of animals used is minimized and each animal research project stays within the prescribed limit of the approved proposal.
To earn AAALAC accreditation, Perret-Gentil and the LARC team developed and implemented dozens of internal processes designed to ensure UTSA's animals receive the best possible care. Among those processes are standards to ensure the animals receive proper bedding, feed and enrichment materials from vendors that the LARC team has evaluated before doing business.
Additionally, the animals are monitored daily and sick animal reports are attended to immediately to ensure all reported animals receive prompt and adequate veterinary care. To avoid placing undue stress on the animals, species are separated. The LARC staff also adheres to a strictly timed routine and provides animals with exceptional post-operative care.
The processes not only ensure humane care, but they collectively ensure that UTSA researchers obtain reliable data using the least number of animals possible and minimize repeat testing.
"We are in this job because we love animals," said Luis Zorrilla, LARC assistant director. "We want to serve as advocates for the animals and ensure they receive proper care."
Animal research has led to the development and/or improvement of a variety of medical treatments including, but not limited to, blood transfusions, anesthesia, painkillers, antibiotics, insulin, vaccines, chemotherapy, CPR, coronary bypass survey, reconstructive surgery and orthopedic surgery.
The UTSA community is invited to the Community Networking events hosted by the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion during Roadrunner Days. Various opportunities will be available that will focus on our diverse population.
H-E-B University Center Ballrooms (HUC 1.104 and HUC 1.106), Main Campus
Start in the Paseo then branch out around campus so you know where to go on the first day of classes.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
This event offers a preview of the UC’s programs and services that students can enjoy throughout the year. There will be food and giveaways too.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
There will be a special UCinema showing following Kickback at the UC at 9pm in Retama Auditorium (located on the 2nd floor of UC North).
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Honors College welcomes all new freshmen to UTSA. Join them for breakfast and meet Honors College administrators, staff, and connect with other new Honors students.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Convocation is UTSA’s ceremony to launch the new academic year. Attendance is mandatory for all incoming freshmen because it marks the first step students will take in their higher education journey of discovery. It is also highly recommended for transfer students as they continue their higher education journey at UTSA and become members of the Roadrunner Family.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Visit your College to explore your major before the first day of classes.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Successful first-year students at UTSA are those who learn how to utilize resources, recognize and resolve problems, and prepare themselves to take advantage of their time on campus. The Student Success Series promotes this achievement by offering workshops on the common concerns and questions first-year students have during their transition to university life.
University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.