AAALAC International Coronavirus Guidance

We are sensitive to the significant impact that the coronavirus outbreak is having on many programs, and want you to know that we are allowing flexibility in site visit scheduling for the remainder of 2020.


Postpone your site visit

If you are scheduled for a Summer or Fall 2020 site visit and need to postpone the visit due to coronavirus impacts on your program, you can submit a request to the Executive Office (accredit@aaalac.org). Please include your six digit unit number in the request.

If you choose to submit a request for postponement, we ask that you coordinate at the institutional level and submit only one request.


Discuss options for rescheduling or request an extension

If you would like to discuss options for site visit scheduling, please contact Dr. Gary Borkowski, gborkowski@aaalac.org, Global Director, or the Senior Director for your region (Southeast Asia – Dr. Montip Gettayacamin, montipg@aaalac.org; Europe, Latin America, Africa and Middle East – Dr. Javier Guillen, jguillen@aaalac.org).

If you would like to request an extension for the due date for submission of Program Descriptions, please contact Dr. Borkowski.


Send all correspondence electronically

For the foreseeable future we ask that all correspondence (including Program Descriptions) be sent electronically to the office. If your document is too large to email, just contact us and we will provide an alternative online delivery method such as DropBox.


For new applicants

New applications are welcome and are processed at the time they are received at the AAALAC International Executive Office. You will receive correspondence acknowledging receipt of your application and Program Description. The scheduling of the initial site visit may be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and you are welcome to contact the AAALAC Office for questions. Please send your questions to accredit@aaalac.org. (See FAQs for COVID-19 for additional details.)


Contact AAALAC International office staff

AAALAC International office staff will be teleworking. While our offices are physically closed, AAALAC remains open for business and we are available to assist you as always. Your emails and phone calls will be answered as per usual—you can reach us at +1.301.696.9626 or by email…


COVID-19 Resources

World Health Organization
https://www.who.int/

Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) 
https://olaw.nih.gov/covid-19.htm

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 
https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) 
https://www.oie.int/en/for-the-media/press-releases/detail/article/covid-19-and-veterinary-activities-designated-as-essential/

U.S. Army  Animal Care and Use Review Office (ACURO) 
https://mrdc.amedd.army.mil/assets/docs/orp/acuro/ACURO_Guidance_for_COVID-19.pdf

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - VA Animal Research Program 
https://www.research.va.gov/programs/animal_research/default.cfm

Interactive global overview of how animals are helping in Covid-19 research (maintained by the European Animal Research Association, EARA)
https://public.flourish.studio/visualisation/1698667/?mc_cid=40a1b8b131&mc_eid=14a81d74b2

Questions About the Importance of Transparency During COVID-19 (from Americans for Medical Progress)
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It’s OK … NOT TO BE OKAY … Let’s Talk COVID-19 (from the Institute of Animal Technology)
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COVID-19 Pandemic Response Resources and FAQs for Animal Care and Use Programs - April 8, 2020 (NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare)
https://olaw.nih.gov/education/educational-resources/webinar-2020-04-08.htm

Breeding and colony management following COVID - NC3Rs
https://nc3rs.org.uk/breeding-and-colony-management


We are continuing to monitor the coronavirus situation and will provide updates as appropriate.