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College of Medicine animal program accredited for responsible use, treatment of animals

The AAALAC International determined that Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s animal resources program will continue to remain fully accredited. The AAALAC International Council on Accreditation recognized the Department of Comparative Medicine faculty and staff for providing and maintaining an exemplary program of laboratory animal care and use.

Founded in 1965, AAALAC International promotes the responsible treatment of animals in science through its voluntary accreditation program. Accreditation is the highest level of commendation awarded to animal programs. The College of Medicine and Milton S. Hershey Medical Center program has received continued full accreditation since 1968.

“This recognition shows the public that animal research at our institution is high quality,” said Ronald Wilson, George T. Harrell Professor and Chair of the Department of Comparative Medicine. “Reliable research results depend on healthy animals and superior care. I applaud the efforts of our animal care and research staff who go above and beyond to ensure that the laboratory animals under our care are responsibly used and treated.”

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