Brussels, Belgium and Frederick, Maryland, USA
The World Veterinary Association and AAALAC International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining ways the two organisations will work together to promote animal health and welfare. The World Veterinary Association (WVA) is an organisation that unites veterinary associations working in different areas of veterinary medicine around the world. AAALAC International accredits institutions around the globe that use animals in research, teaching and testing. As part of the MoU, both organisations commit to working together on specific goals to improve animal health and welfare worldwide. It also includes exchanging relevant publications and information pertaining to their core activities, participating in each other’s meetings and conferences when appropriate, and working together to create a joint action plan.
“The WVA looks forward to collaborating with AAALAC International to further the health and welfare of research animals studied around the world,” said Dr. Patricia Turner, WVA President. “Research animals, including those studied in agricultural research and wildlife studied as part of ecosystem health initiatives, are not equally protected in every country, and veterinarians do not always receive sufficient training and education in how best to meet the needs of these animals. This MoU represents an opportunity for the WVA and AAALAC International to strengthen veterinarians’ education and role in this sector.”
“We are delighted to collaborate with the World Veterinary Association on the initiatives outlined in the MoU,” said Dr. Kathryn Bayne, Chief Executive Officer of AAALAC International. “While our missions are specific to the work of our respective organisations, we share a common aim of promoting animal health and welfare globally, and providing education that supports animal health and welfare. We look forward to working with the WVA to advance these important objectives.”
The World Veterinary Association unites and represents the global veterinary profession including national and international associations of veterinarians working in different areas of veterinary medicine. The WVA works to assure and promote animal health and welfare and public health globally, through developing and advancing veterinary medicine, the veterinary profession as well as public and private veterinary services. More information is available on WVA’s website: www.worldvet.org.
Chapter 7.8 of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code of the OIE elaborates the importance of high ethical principles evidenced by the application of harm-benefit analysis, the 3Rs and humane endpoints in research animal activities;
The OIE provisions in Chapter 7.8 emphasize the importance of the oversight of animal research activities by impartial Competent Authorities and the caring management and conduct of research animal activities by well trained and competent personnel;
The OIE provisions in Chapter 7.8 delineate the operational elements that promote optimal welfare and humane animal use in scientific inquiry and education;
AAALAC International has long embraced the foregoing provisions as essential hallmarks for success in its singular, longstanding and impactful accreditation program to advance research animal welfare on a worldwide scale;
The OIE and AAALAC International (hereinafter referred to as the parties) have agreed to collaborate on the following issues of common interest:
The undersigned commit their respective organizations to the pursuit of these objectives through the following actions: