Current Position Statement:
Definition of "Laboratory Animals"
AAALAC International defines "laboratory animals" as any live vertebrate animal (and any other animal designated by applicable legislation) used or intended for use in research, testing, or teaching. For accreditation purposes, the definition is not limited by the type of housing enclosure (e.g., cage, pen, paddock, pasture, tank, raceway, etc.). All such animals owned by the accreditable unit are to be included in the Program Description and will be evaluated by AAALAC International.
Proposed Position Statement:
Definition of "Animal"
AAALAC International defines "animal" as any live vertebrate animal, cephalopod or any other animal designated by applicable legislation used or intended for use in basic and applied scientific investigation (e.g., traditional biomedical, agricultural, wildlife, aquatic research, etc.), testing, the production of biological materials, and educational activities.