Laboratory Animal Resource Facility
The Sanford Laboratory Animal Resource Facility is dedicated to providing the highest level of care possible to animals used in biomedical research and teaching. Sanford recognizes the contribution animals make to expanding our knowledge and improving the human condition and promotes an environment of respect and support for animals, researchers and staff and facilitates essential animal research with an emphasis on ethics.
The Laboratory Animal Resource Facility is registered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The animal facilities are inspected by the USDA/APHIS and have been found to be in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and USDA regulations.
Sanford also maintains an Animal Welfare Assurance with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), a National Institutes of Health agency (NIH). This assurance describes the commitment of Sanford Health to comply with the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and with the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” (NIH).
We are proud to report the accreditation of the Sanford Research animal care and use program by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International. Accreditation was awarded in November of 2013. Site visits are conducted by AAALAC every 3 years. In addition, all aspects of the Sanford Research animal care and use program are reviewed semiannually by the Sanford Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).