program description

Download a copy of the AAALAC Program Description

Attention NEW applicants:

If you are submitting a new application for AAALAC International accreditation, complete the 2016 Program Description, but please click here FIRST to apply!


Attention CURRENTLY ACCREDITED institutions seeking to renew accreditation:

Complete the 2016 version of the Program Description.

Revised Program Description Available: The Program Description and Instructions for Completing the Program Description have been updated (version dated 07/2020) to include the one-page certification document that must be signed by the Institutional Official or authorized designee, as announced on July 20, 2020. Please note that the completion of the certification will be required starting with the Winter Trimester 2021.

  1. An appendix and other references to assist institutions in providing the required information on the care and use of cephalopods (i.e., housing, husbandry, veterinary care, surgery and euthanasia, etc.) within the Program Description.
  2. Additional information and assistance in answering the questions within the Program Description through the use of hyperlinks to AAALAC International’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Position Statements.
  3. Clarification regarding information requested in Appendix 11 (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System Summary) as well as in the Instructions for Completing the Program Description.

A table that summarizes the revisions is available for download at this link.

Refer to Program Description Top 10 Tips available for download at this link.

Step 1 - Download Instructions

REGION (Language) 2016 Version
(updated July 2020)
Instructions Standard (English) PDF file
Instructions for European Applicants (English) PDF file
Instructions for Thai Applicants (Thai) PDF file


Step 2 - Download the Program Description

The Program Description (PD) must be submitted in English with the exception of some appendices (see the Instructions for Completing and Submitting the Program Description under Step 1 above, then refer to "Section III. Appendices").

REGION (Language) 2016 Version
(updated July 2020)
PD Standard (English) Word file
PD for European Applicants (English) Word file
PD for Thai Applicants (Thai) Word file
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